Teen dies in Siletz car crash

A school photo of Robert Kirkland, the student who died in the car crash on Logsden Road Wednesday evening. (Courtesy photo)

SILETZ — Three students enrolled at local schools were in a car accident early Wednesday evening on Logsden Road that left one teen dead and the other two with treatable injuries. The accident took the life of Robert Kirkland, a passenger who was a sophomore at Toledo High School.

The crash occurred near milepost three just before 6 p.m. Wednesday when the driver lost control of the pickup truck while rounding a curve in the road. The car went off the road and Kirkland flew out of the window of the truck. He was pronounced dead at the scene after first responders arrived.

The other two youths were wearing their seatbelts and were taken to the Samaritan Pacific Communities Hospital in Newport to undergo treatment for their injuries, according to a Lincoln County Sheriff’s Office statement. Logsden Road was closed for five hours after the crash and the incident is still under investigation.

Families of each of the three students were notified by the proper authorities, and the Lincoln County School District ensured a support team was in place for students and staff at school for those needing assistance dealing with the bad news.

The school district, in support of the staff and students at Toledo High School, provided help to those who were affected by the tragic news.

“Tonight from 4:30-6:30 the Behavioral Health Department will have the yurt open to any youth who may have been affected by last night’s tragedy,” read an email from the school district. “Food will be prepared and staff will be available for support for any who want to come by.”

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