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Two People Die in Crash on Highway 224 East of Estacada

Police say the car was eastbound on Highway 224 negotiating a left curve when it lost control and drove off the right shoulder.

Double fatal crash, Estacada, Oregon 6-1-08
Photo shows care barely discernible through the brush where it came to rest: Oregon State Police

(ESTACADA, Ore.) - Two people died and one was seriously injured early Sunday morning in a single vehicle crash on Highway 224 about thirty miles east of Estacada, Oregon State Police say.

OSP Sergeant Fred Testa says that around 5:53 AM, a report was received of a single vehicle crash on Highway 224 in the Ripplebrook area near milepost 49. OSP, Clackamas County Sheriff's Office, Estacada Fire Department, and U.S. Forest Service personnel responded to the scene, confirming two people were dead and another seriously injured.

He says the preliminary investigation indicates a motorist came upon the scene of a tree across the highway and upon checking the situation spotted a car down an embankment.

A 1999 Honda Civic two-door driven by 24-year old Vladimir V. Romashchenke of Vancouver, Washington, was eastbound on Highway 224 negotiating a left curve when it lost control and drove off the right shoulder, Testa said.

"As the car traveled down an embankment it struck a tree causing the tree to fall onto the highway. The car continued down the embankment and came to a stop on its passenger side amongst other trees and brush."

Mr. Romashchenke and right front male passenger, 19-year old Vitaliy Maksimenko, were pronounced deceased at the scene. Rear passenger, 19-year old Mikhail Tihohod, was seriously injured investigators said. He was transported by ambulance to Oregon Health Sciences University. All three occupants are from Vancouver, Washington.

OSP troopers from the Portland Area Command office are continuing the investigation. Clackamas County Sheriff's Office, Estacada Fire Department, ODOT, and U.S. Forest Service assisted at the scene.

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all the world September 9, 2008 4:25 pm (Pacific time)

we miss you...

RIP BRATIK September 8, 2008 7:16 pm (Pacific time)

we love u and miss u Vladimir and Vitaly...

RIP BRATIK September 8, 2008 7:04 pm (Pacific time)

RIP VOVOCHKA and VITALIK i miss u sooo much... Vova was the best brother any one could ever have...

Katya June 6,2008pm June 5, 2008 4:21 pm (Pacific time)

Its a lesson for all of us! God can take us anytime! Are we READY??? Thats the question!

tanya June 4, 2008 6:29 pm (Pacific time)

there was a reasone for the 2 to leave and God gave a chance to mishka so he can preach about the miracle that god has saved his life on the day of the death of his 2 best friends...:( GOD BLESS

viky June 4, 2008 1:57 pm (Pacific time)

i hope knowing that he waz lucky to survive.....mickle becomes christian and comes to god

md June 3, 2008 6:15 pm (Pacific time)

God blessed their families...

natik June 3, 2008 2:16 pm (Pacific time)

God bless their families!!! RIP VITALIY AND VLAD!!! see you in heaven one day.

Ali June 2, 2008 8:17 pm (Pacific time)

God be with all familys. Vitaliy,we will remember you.

pasha June 2, 2008 1:57 pm (Pacific time)

How did they crashed?

Alita June 2, 2008 1:41 pm (Pacific time)

Sorry, to hear that couple more Russian guys died. I knew Vlad, he was an awesome guy, friendly, happy and very generous. May God be with all the guys parents.

anna June 2, 2008 11:26 am (Pacific time)

we love you vitally! and we will never forget!

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