A Vancouver woman was identified as the driver in a single-vehicle crash that killed her passenger this morning in the Madras, Ore., area, according to the Oregon State Police.
Breanna D. Conaway, 27, of Vancouver, was driving a 2005 Jeep Liberty east on state Highway 26 at about 9:30 a.m. when the vehicle drifted off of the highway near Laurel Lane, according to a press release from police. The Jeep then veered back onto the roadway, across both lanes of travel and rolled several times, police said.
Conaway’s front-seat passenger, Klayton W. Gibson, 28, of Moriarty, N.M., was ejected from the vehicle during the crash, and he was pronounced dead at the scene, according to the press release. He was not wearing a seat belt when the rollover occurred, police said.
Conaway and her 5-year-old daughter sustained minor injuries in the crash and were transported to the St. Charles Madras medical center, according to police.
Oregon State Patrol said it is investigating the incident as a case of distracted driving.