Senior dies in South County car accident

The fatal accident closed Highway 101 for three hours. (Photo OSP)

An elderly Lincoln City woman has died and two others were injured in a Thursday night crash near Seal Rock.

Oregon State Police troopers and emergency personnel responded to the report of a two-vehicle crash on US Hwy 101 near milepost 152, just south of Seal Rock around 8:45 p.m.

Preliminary investigation revealed a blue 2001 Lexus SUV, operated by Patricia Norenberg, 55, of Waldport, was driving southbound on Highway 101 when she drifted into the northbound lane of travel.  A northbound gold 2008 Toyota van was driven by Richard Larrett, 85, of Lincoln City, and the two vehicles collided partially head-on. Larrett’s passenger, Judith Larrett, 81, of Lincoln City, was pronounced deceased at the scene.

Norenberg and Richard Larrett were transported by ambulance to Newport’s Samaritan Pacific Communities Hospital due to their injuries.  

The highway was closed about just over 3 hours following the crash. However, a detour had been established to help traffic. Agencies assisting OSP were Waldport Fire Department, Seal Rock Fire Department, Newport Fire Department, ODOT Incident Response/Maintenance, Lincoln County District Attorney’s Office, Lincoln County Sheriff’s Department, and Newport Police Department.

— Oregon State Police