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LCSO CASE #22-3225 — FATAL TRAFFIC CRASH

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News Release from Lane Co. Sheriff’s Office
Posted on FlashAlert: June 21st, 2022 9:53 AM

*UPDATE* 06/21/22

The person killed in last week’s crash on Jasper-Lowell Rd. has been identified as 91 year old Thomas William Tonkin of Westfir. 

Tonkin was the passenger of a white 1999 Cadillac Deville driven by 67 year old  Mindey Koch, also of Westfir.  They had been driving eastbound on Jasper Lowell Rd. when, for an unknown reason, they crossed into the westbound lane and crashed head-on with a gray 2020 Toyota Prius driven by 56 year old Valerie Shepler of Lowell. 

Koch and Shepler were transported to an area hospital with non-life-threatening injuries.  Tonkin died on scene. 

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