Myrtle Point (KMTR) - Oregon State Police (OSP) is continuing to investigate an early morning crash on Highway 42 that killed a 24 year old man from the Myrtle Point area.
The wreck happened at about 3:00 Wednesday morning, eight miles east of Myrtle Point.
OSP Sergeant Josh Young says, a preliminary investigation indicates Levi James Gardner was driving a 1998 Toyota pickup westbound when it struck a deer. Gardner apparently lost control on the icy highway, traveled into a ditch and rolled before coming to rest on its driver side off the highway.
Gardner was not using safety restraints and was partially ejected. He was pronounced deceased at the scene.
OSP and the Oregon Department of Transportation (ODOT) are urging drivers to remember road and visibility conditions may unexpectedly change during the holiday and winter season. Be rested, alert, slow down for the conditions on the road, and "know before you go" by staying up to date on road and weather conditions by visiting www.TripCheck.com or calling 5-1-1.