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Gresham man dies after falling from car


OSP say the man fell out of the front passenger seat about six miles west of Newberg on Highway 240

A Gresham man died Tuesday evening after falling from a moving pickup truck traveling about five miles west of Newberg on Highway 240, officials from the Oregon State Police said.

Ronald Loren Toby, 45, died near the intersection of Highway 240 and Ribbon Ridge Road. The highway was closed for nearly four hours as the OSP investigated the death.

According to a release from the state police, Toby was seated in the front passenger seat of a Toyota Tundra driven by Phillip Desmond Lockwood, 42, of Newberg. An OSP trooper reported that the truck was driving at the posted speed, 55 mph, when the passenger door opened suddenly and Toby, who was not wearing a seatbelt, fell to the pavement.

“He opened the door and fell out of the truck,” Lt. Eric Davenport of the OSP office in McMinnville told the News-Register newspaper. “There’s no indication of foul play. It appears to be an accident on the passenger’s part.”

A preliminary OSP investigation indicated that alcohol may have been a factor in the accident. The investigation is continuing.