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Tigard woman, three family members, killed in Ohio car crash

Lori Alsterberg
A deadly car crash in Ohio claimed the life of a Tigard woman and three members of her family this week.

According to The Athens News, Lori E. Alsterberg, 57, of Tigard, was one of four people killed in a deadly two-car crash along State Route 56 in Ohio on Wednesday, May 18.

Alsterberg was visiting family in the area and was driving with her sister, a niece and a nephew at about 1:45 p.m., Wednesday when she was killed. At the intersection of State Route 93, police said Alsterberg’s sister, Lisa Foerster, failed to stop at a stop sign. A garbage truck crashed into the right side of Foerster’s 1997 Toyota Corolla, sending it off the road and into a guard rail.

Alsterberg, Foerster, 55, and Foerster’s two children, Thomas J. Hamel, 18, and Emma C. Hamel, 19, were reported dead at the scene.

Foerster was an assistant professor of voice at Ohio University and an accomplished opera singer. Emma Hamel, her daughter, was a student at Lewis & Clark College in Portland.

"Emma had just completed her sophomore year and was pursuing a major in German Studies,” according to a statement released by Lewis & Clark College. “A student leader, Emma served as a resident adviser and worked in the Overseas and Off-Campus Programs office, helping fellow students explore international opportunities."

The Athens News reports that Foerster and her son were Oregonians, who had moved to Ohio two years ago.

The crash remains under investigation by Ohio State Highway Patrol.

The driver of the truck was not injured, police said. Everyone was wearing seatbelts at the time of the crash.