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Fatal Motor Vehicle Crash on Highway 99W near South Smith Loop
by Oregon State Media, Inc.
  Monday May 23, 2016 - 7:15 AM
 
Deputies from the Benton County Sheriff's Office are continuing to investigate a two-vehicle fatal motor vehicle crash involving a coupe and a station wagon, about six miles south of Corvallis. The crash resulted in the death of a 22 year old Philomath man and serious injuries to a 45 year old Veneta man.

At about 4:36 am, on Sunday, May 22, 2016, Spencer Bauer, age 22, from Philomath, Oregon, was driving southbound on Highway 99W, south of South Smith Loop Road, near milepost 92, in a 1984 Honda Civic Coupe. He crossed the center line for unknown reasons and collided head-on with a northbound 2011 Volkswagon Jetta Station Wagon driven by Travis Ewert, age 45, from Veneta, Oregon. Both vehicles came to rest in the northbound lane of Highway 99W.

The Monroe Fire Department arrived and removed Travis Ewert from the driver's seat of the Volkswagon Jetta. He was transported to Good Samaritan Hospital in Corvallis by an ambulance from the Corvallis Fire Department with serious injuries. Spencer Bauer was pronounced deceased at the scene and was extricated from the Honda Civic.

The Benton County Multi-Ageny Traffic Collisoin Investigation Team responded to the scene. Alcohol and speed do not seem to be factors in the crash. Deputies are continuing to investigate the crash and the public is asked to contact Detective Sergeant David Peterson at 541-766-6820 if they have any information about the crash. The Oregon Department of Transportation arrived and re-routed traffic. The highway was closed for approximately four hours.

Undersheriff Greg Ridler Benton County Sheriff's Office