Man dies in Hwy. 20 crash near Albany


January 4, 2023

An unidentified Albany man died Wednesday afternoon, Jan. 4, in a Hwy. 20 crash near Hyak Park, west of Albany.

A Benton County Sheriff's Office investigation determined that a Ford Ranger driven by 42-year-old Nicholaus Cotter, of Lebanon, was traveling westbound when its small, unloaded trailer detached from the vehicle's hitch and struck a Honda Civic traveling in the opposite direction. As a result, its 69-year-old driver left the roadway and crashed into a telephone pole. He was taken to a hospital, where he was pronounced dead.

The uninjured Cotter was arrested for reckless endangeri...

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