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Fatal Crash Near Grants Pass May Be Result of Fatigue, Police Say

While the investigation is ongoing, police say it appears that driver fatigue may have been a factor in the crash.

Fatal crash near Grants Pass, Oregon 9-27-09
Photos courtesy: Oregon State Police

(GRANTS PASS, Ore.) - One person died and three others were injured Sunday afternoon in a single vehicle crash on Highway 199 thirty-eight miles south of Grants Pass.

Oregon State Police Sergeant Mark A. Byrd says Sunday at approximately 5:06 p.m., a gold 1983 Mercedes 4-door sedan driven by 48-year Avi N. Livingstone of Redway, California was traveling southbound on Highway 199 near milepost 38.

The Mercedes veered off the right shoulder of the highway and struck a tree. Avi Livingstone died at the scene of the crash. Ms. Livingstone's daughter, 8-year old Hana Goodkind, was seated in the right front passenger seat and sustained serious injuries. Goodkind was transported to Rogue Valley Hospital in Medford for treatment. Ms. Livingston's's son 12-year old Ilan Goodheart, was seated in the right rear passenger seat and sustained minor injuries. He was transported to Three rivers Hospital in Grants Pass.

21-year old Tosh M. Mason of Lopez Island, Washington was seated in the left rear passenger seat. Mason was transported to Three Rivers Hospital in Grants Pass for treatment of minor injuries. All of the occupants were wearing safety restraints.

Oregon State Police Troopers from the Grants Pass Worksite and the Central Point Area Command are conducting the crash investigation. While the investigation is ongoing, it appears that driver fatigue may have been a factor in the crash.

OSP was assisted at the crash the scene by Oregon Department of Transportation, the Illinois Valley Fire Department, AMR Ambulance Service and the Jackson County Medical Examiners office.

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Jenny December 12, 2011 1:26 pm (Pacific time)

Ilan is a friend of mine. As a matter of fact, he's in my second period class and the fact that someone like him had to deal with such a tradegy like this is terrible.

nicole atkinson, and charlotte crisc March 3, 2011 5:28 pm (Pacific time)

everybody please kiss everyone that you love. make sure you never go a day without making sure everybody that you care about, knows what they mean to you. we miss you avi. nicole atkinson, 415 312 1551

Tad Ornstein October 9, 2009 2:18 pm (Pacific time)

Avi was my friend and I am deeply grieved. My love to her friends and family. She will be remembered all my days and missed beyond measure.

Judy October 5, 2009 8:50 am (Pacific time)

I understand Hana is going back to school today. She is our granddaughters good friend. Please pray for her to be able to have a happy day, a good life and adjust with lots of love from God, family and friends. It is all so sad and makes my heart so heavy.

Judy October 5, 2009 8:53 am (Pacific time)

I understand Hana is returning to school today, Monday. Please pray she has a happy love filled day. We need to keep her in prayers and know she is surrounded by love and caring by family and friends.

LOVE October 4, 2009 3:10 pm (Pacific time)


still shocked October 2, 2009 3:39 pm (Pacific time)

!!!! why? Please, people. If you have been UP ALL NIGHT - don't drive until you have first SLEPT!

Grace October 2, 2009 12:52 pm (Pacific time)

R.I.P Avi we love you and miss you so much! Hannah we cant wait for you to come!

Judy September 29, 2009 5:06 pm (Pacific time)

God bless the family. Give them strength to get thru this. I pray Hana is healed 100%.

joey September 29, 2009 8:33 pm (Pacific time)

She was a sister,mother and so much more. I am holding her family in the light.

Lisa September 29, 2009 7:00 pm (Pacific time)

Her soul shined through her smile and her touch... and now it is free. I will miss you with all my heart. Get well Hana, we love you all.

Karen September 29, 2009 9:58 am (Pacific time)

We were driving past this accident (we were coming home from a coast trip)...and I said a PRAYER for them.

mark September 28, 2009 4:20 pm (Pacific time)

God bless Avi and I pray fo a good recovery for Hanna. Matan Has his Mother back with him in Heaven. I will miss you as I do Matan. With much love for your Family. I love you my brother Bobby.

Mark September 28, 2009 4:32 pm (Pacific time)

I will miss you Avi. I hope for the best for little Hanna. Matan has his mother with him once again. God bless you. I love you bother Bobby. I will and always will be there for you. I. ask everyone to pray for Hanna. Much love to your family.

Shea September 28, 2009 1:52 pm (Pacific time)

God Bless Avi....Pray for Hana...I love you both.

Mike H. September 28, 2009 2:44 am (Pacific time)

Oh jeez, you can see stumps where trees had previously been cut down right next to that one. Very sad. Hoping for a full recovery for those injured.

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