CROW, Ore. - State police said Friday that officials initially reported the wrong driver was at fault in a head-on collision that killed two drivers west of Eugene two months ago.
State police initially reported that Shaylinn Pearl Manchester, 21, of Veneta crossed over the center line of Crow Road in her 1988 Toyota Camry around 9:20 p.m. on the night of Aug. 28.
Crash reconstruction experts later found that it was actually Zachary Jacob Moitoza, 29, of Eugene who steered his 2003 Chrysler Sebring into oncoming traffic.
Moitoza hit Manchester's car head-on at around 9:20 p.m.; the crash killed both drivers.
Police said Manchester was using a seat belt. Moitoza was not wearing his seatbelt, troopers said.
From state police: The preliminary investigation at the scene that night led OSP to release information that MANCHESTER's vehicle crossed the centerline and collided head-on with the vehicle driven by MOITOZA.
OSP Collision Reconstructionists are required to submit reports on fatal crash investigations involving two or more vehicles. They are also consulted on any crash where a question exists for which their expertise would benefit the investigation.
As a result of the review and investigation by OSP Collision Reconstructionists in this incident, the manner of this crash was confirmed that MOITOZA's vehicle caused the crash by crossing the centerline and colliding with MANCHESTER's vehicle.
Toxicology test results have not been completed to help determine if there were other contributing factors.