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Tidewater Woman Killed In Double Fatal Crash

On Saturday, May 11, 2024, at approximately 11:02 a.m., Benton County Sheriff’s Office (BCSO) Deputies responded to a two-vehicle double fatality crash on Highway 20, approximately four miles west of Blodgett, Oregon. Investigators determined 46-year-old Jessmyn Rae Allen, of Umatilla, was westbound on Highway 20 in a 2019 Subaru Crosstrek when she crossed the center line and collided with 52-year-old Elizabeth Lillian O’Neill, of Tidewater, traveling eastbound in a 2020 Ford Fusion. 


O’Neill was pronounced deceased at the scene as well as a passenger of the Subaru, 23-year-old Isaiah Aguilar, of Umatilla. Allen was transported by helicopter to the Good Samaritan Regional Medical Center in Corvallis with life-threatening injuries. Four other patients were transported by ambulance to the same hospital. Highway 20 was closed for approximately four hours while investigators processed the scene.


The crash remains under investigation by the BCSO Crash Team. If you have any additional information or witnessed the crash, please contact Deputy Ball at 541-766-6858, or by email at daniel.ball@bentoncountyor.gov. BCSO would like to thank the Philomath Police Department, Corvallis Fire Department, Philomath Fire Department, Blodgett Fire Department, Lincoln County Sheriff’s Office, Oregon Department of Transportation, Oregon State Police, and the Corvallis Police Department for their assistance with this incident.




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