On April 19 at 6:18 p.m., Eugene Police officers responded to a reported single-vehicle crash into a tree near East 23rd Avenue and Patterson Street. Shortly after officers arrived, the 17-year-old male driver was declared deceased. There were four additional passengers aged 15 to 18 transported by medics with various levels of injury to include trauma activations. Speed and impairment by inhalants are being investigated as contributing factors in the crash.
The EPD Major Collision Investigation team responded and their investigation is ongoing. EPD is withholding names until tomorrow to allow the immediate family time to notify other family and their circle of friends.
Patterson Street was closed from 22nd Avenue to 24th Avenue until shortly before 10 p.m. on April 19.
If anyone has relevant information for the investigation, please call 541.682.5111.