Alsea woman dies in crash near Lebanon

An Alsea woman was killed in a two-car collision early Saturday morning, Oct. 31, at the intersection of Oak Street and Denny School Road near Lebanon.

Linn County Sheriff Tim Mueller said a 1987 Mazda RX7 driven by Leon Wendt, 52, of Alsea, was westbound on Oak Street and failed to stop at the stop sign at Oak and Denny School Road.

Wendt’s vehicle collided with a 2006 Subaru Legacy traveling southbound on Denny School, driven by Kasey Carlson, 27, of Mercer Island, Wash., Mueller said. His wife Lauren Carlson, 24, also of Mercer Island, was a passenger in the Subaru. The crash was reported at 1:23 a.m.

Spinney died at the scene from her injuries, Mueller said. Wendt was not injured during the crash and the Carlsons were were treated and released at Samaritan Lebanon Community Hospital.

All occupants from both vehicles were wearing their seat belts.

Mueller said Sunday that alcohol may have been a contributing factor to the crash and an investigation is continuing. No citations had been issued as of Sunday, he said.

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