JOSEPHINE COUNTY, OR (Feb. 01, 2024) – The Oregon State Police (OSP) reports that on Wednesday, January 31, 2024, at approximately 12:24 p.m., OSP responded to a single-vehicle crash on Highway 199 near milepost 39 in Josephine County.

The preliminary investigation indicated that a Chevrolet Avalanche, operated by John Anton Renner IV age, 59 of Brookings, was traveling southbound on Highway 199 near milepost 39 when the vehicle left the roadway for unknown reasons. The vehicle crashed into a group of trees and caught on fire. The operator, Renner was pronounced deceased at the sceneThe highway was impacted for approximately four hours. OSP was assisted by the Josephine County Sheriff’s Office, Illinois Valley Fire District, and the Oregon Department of Transportation. 

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About the Oregon State PoliceOregon State Police (OSP) is a multi-disciplined organization that is charged with protecting the people, wildlife, and natural resources in Oregon. OSP enforces traffic laws on the state’s roadways, investigates and solves crime, conducts postmortem examinations and forensic analysis, and provides background checks, and law enforcement data. The agency regulates gaming and enforces fish, wildlife, and natural resource laws. OSP is comprised of more than 1,400 staff members – including troopers, investigators, and professional staff – who provide a full range of policing and public safety services to Oregon and other law enforcement agencies throughout Oregon.


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