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Alcohol may have factored into head-on highway crash

by: OSP - A 1995 Ford F150 pickup collided head first into this 1990 Mazda Protege on Highway 30 last week. The crash injured five people, including two children.Police are investigating whether drunk driving may have played a role in a Highway 30 head-on crash that injured five, including two children.

The 10:30 p.m. crash occurred Oct. 20 near Rainier when Nathan Edward Reeves, 37, from St. Helens, apparently attempted to pass another vehicle near milepost 44. Oregon State Police reports that when passing, Reeves’ 1995 Ford F150 pickup collided with a 1990 Mazda Protege driven by 25-year-old Longview resident Jacquelyn Bouchard.

OSP Trooper Billy Bush is leading the investigation that is looking into whether alcohol use by Reeves may have been a contributing factor in the crash.

Reeves was not using a seatbelt and was critically injured. He remained in critical condition at Oregon Health & Science University as of Sunday night.

The head-on crash injured not only Reeves, but Bouchard and three of her four passengers: Andrew B. Perry, 29, Monica B. Perry, 7, and Aahlyah Marie Perry, 6. They were all sent to Legacy Emanuel Hospital with non-life-threatening injuries.

A 2-year-old girl in the Mazda was not injured. She was in a child safety seat.

Highway 30 was closed at the crash scene until 2 a.m.