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Beaverton man dies after highway crash

A Beaverton man died as a result of a car crash at about 5:30 p.m. Sept. 25.

Oregon State Patrol troopers and emergency personnel responded to the report of a two-vehicle collision on Highway 97 just south of Grass Valley (Grass Valley is located southeast of The Dalles).

A preliminary investigation revealed that a 1969 Pontiac GTO was traveling southbound on Highway 97, when for unknown reasons, lost control and became sideways on the highway. A 2015 Ford pickup towing a horse trailer, also traveling southbound and following the Pontiac, struck the Pontiac on the driver's door.

The driver of the Pontiac, James W. Robinson, 57, of Beaverton, was critically injured and taken by air ambulance to Mid-Columbia Medical Center in The Dalles. Robinson later died as a result of the injuries from the crash. The driver of the Ford, Richard L. Damon, 37, of White City, and his three passengers were not injured.

There were two horses in the horse trailer that were not injured. Speed is being investigated as a contributing factor in the crash. OSP was assisted by the Sherman County Sheriff's Office, Sherman County EMS and the Oregon Department of Transportation. Highway 97 was partially closed for several hours while the crash was investigated, according to OSP Public Information Officer, Capt. Bill Fugate.