Head-ons and other traffic accidents keep emergency responders busy

<I>KEVIN HEIMBIGNER photo</I><BR>A fogged-up windshield and brilliant autumn sunshine may have contributed to a head-on collision at 147th and State Route 103 last Friday, one of several traffic accidents in the area in the past few days.

LONG BEACH - The past week has been over-filled with traffic accidents up and down the Peninsula.

A two-car head-on accident caused injury to one passenger and totaled both automobiles Friday, Sept. 24, at approximately 5:45 p.m., on Pacific Highway 103 at 147th street.

Andrea Weston of Naselle was driving her 1992 Chevrolet Impala north when she attempted to turn left onto 147th street. According to the WSP report Weston failed to yield to traffic and struck a 1985 Buick Century driven by Karen Alston of Long Beach as she was driving southbound on Highway 103.

According to the report, Alston was transported to Ocean Beach Hospital and treated for a broken right heel. The jaws-of-life were required to extricate Alston from her vehicle. A passenger, Tara Scoons of Long Beach, was uninjured according to the report.

Approximately $300 damage was done to a 1954 Chevy flatbed truck that was parked on property adjacent to 147th when Alston's vehicle rolled into it. Everyone involved was wearing seat belts.

Weston, age 25, was cited for failing to yield and for having no insurance.

At 10:28 p.m., Sept. 24, Jason M. Kelim, 30, of Seaview, was riding a bicycle southbound on the shoulder of SR-103. He swerved into the southbound lane, according to the State Patrol, and was struck by a 1969 Datsun, driven by James L. Anderson, 61, of Aloha, Ore.

Kelim, who was not wearing a helmet, was transported to Ocean Beach Hospital with a back injury. Anderson was not injured; however, his vehicle sustained $4,000 damage. Kelim was charged with improper bike lane travel.

At 5:58 p.m., Sept. 26, George Robert Luttrell, 22, driving a 1993 Infinity, was attempting to make a left turn into a driveway on SR103.

According to the State Patrol, he failed to yield the right-of-way to a southbound vehicle driven by William Michael Johnson, 55, of Ocean Park and struck him in the left front corner causing the Johnson vehicle off the roadway to the right where it came to rest up against a power pole.

Johnson was transported to Ocean Beach Hospital for chest pain. A passenger in his car, Leota F. Howard, 61, of Ocean Park, was also transported to Ocean Beach Hospital for an eye laceration and chest/back pain. Luttrell was not injured. All were wearing seatbelts.

On Monday, Sept. 27, a truck hauling half a modular home clipped a power pole northbound on SR-103just south of Klipsan beach approach, disrupting traffic for a time. there were no reported injuries. At about the same time, a Geo Metro was discovered abandoned on the beach north of the Klipsan approach after it collided with a beach log.

The State Patrol also reported that on Sept. 15 Scott S. McKinney, 46, of Westport was discovered lying on the ground behind his 1978 pickup half a mile north of the Astoria-Megler Bridge. McKinney had apparently suffered a heart attack and was declared deceased at Columbia Memorial Hospital at about 10 p.m.

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