One dead, two injured in mountain road accident

A white Ford F350 lays upside down in the brush off 1000 Line Road after a fatal car crash in the Toledo area on June 15. The driver, Robert Bauman, was found to be under the influence and held in the Lincoln County Jail. (Courtesy photo)

TOLEDO — A man was killed and two were injured after a pickup truck plunged over the side of a mountain road in an accident that also led to kidnapping charges for the driver.

Police were called to the scene by a survivor of the wreck on Saturday just before 3 a.m. on 1000 Line Road near milepost 1.5 when the driver of a white Ford F350 missed a curve in the road, driving the truck off the hillside and 300 feet down into the brush, where the vehicle came to rest on its roof.

First responders found one man, Nikolas Yost, 25, ejected from the truck and deceased at the scene, while the caller, Brendan Thomas, 22, and Robert Bauman, 30, were both alive but injured. Police say Bauman exhibited signs of intoxication and after being treated at Samaritan Pacific Communities Hospital in Newport, he was lodged in the Lincoln County Jail on $925,000 bail, according to Sgt. Mark Meister of the Lincoln County Sheriff’s Office. Bauman now faces charges of assault, manslaughter, driving under the influence, reckless endangering, and reckless driving.

He also faces two hit and run charges, in addition to two charges of kidnapping in the second degree, since neither Yost or Thomas were willing passengers, according to a Lincoln County Sheriff’s Office press release. Thomas was released from the hospital after being treated for his injuries.


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