Drowned Vancouver couple had been drinking

April deaths occurred after driving down a boat ramp



SEASIDE, Ore. — The two people who drowned in the Necanicum River in Seaside in April had high blood-alcohol contents.

They were Robert Weston MacNeil, 39, and Karen Irene Stevens, 26, both of Vancouver.

The Oregon State Medical Examiners Office notified Seaside Police Department of a .20 blood-alcohol level, said Lt. David Ham of Seaside police.

The pair drove their GMC Jimmy SUV into the river by using the boat ramp at Quatat Park about 10:18 p.m. April 25.

“The investigation conducted by the Seaside Police Department uncovered witnesses who had been drinking alcohol with MacNeil and Stevens prior to the crash,” Ham said.

“Other witnesses in the area, immediately preceding the crash, reported seeing a male driving the vehicle the wrong way on a one-way street, on two separate occasions.”

The file has been forwarded to the Clatsop County District Attorney’s Office for review.