On Friday, June 26, 2020, at approximately 7:30 P.M., Oregon State Police (OSP) Troopers and emergency personnel responded to a single-vehicle crash on Hwy 101 around Seal Rock.
Preliminary investigation revealed that a Toyota FJ Cruiser, operated by 50-year old Christopher Paschall of Cottage Grove, was traveling northbound when for unknown reasons left the roadway, went over the embankment on the east side of the roadway, and crashed into a tree. Paschall was transported to Samaritan Pacific Communities Hospital with injuries. The front seat passenger, 20-year old James Paschallof Cottage Grove, sustained fatal injuries and was pronounced deceased. OSP was assisted by Lincoln County Sheriff's Office, ODOT, Seal Rock Fire, and PACWEST Ambulance. Alcohol is being investigated as a contributing factor to the crash.