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Woman Who Caused Fatal Crash Faces Manslaughter Charges

In October a grand jury indicted 40-year old Rhonda Messer of South Beach on multiple charges stemming from a car crash that occurred in June of 2018.

On June 9th Oregon State Police Troopers and emergency personnel responded to a report of a two-vehicle serious injury crash on US-101 on Cape Foulweather. Preliminary investigation revealed a blue 2003 Chevrolet Cavalier, driven by Messer was traveling southbound on US-101. Messer lost control of the car and it spun into the northbound lanes. The Cavalier crashed, nearly head on with a silver Lincoln passenger car operated by 75-year old Robert Anthony Franano of Newport. 36-year old Gary Moore of Lincoln city was ejected from the car and landed in a ditch.

Both Mr. Moore and Mr. Franano succumbed to their injuries and died as a result of the crash. Oregon State Police conducted an investigation and impairment by Messer was considered as a contributing factor in the cause of the crash. She faces multiple charges including two counts of Manslaughter, two counts of criminally negligent homicide, DUII, and unlawful possession of Methamphetamine. Her bail is set at $300,000. Her trial is set for September.

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