Victim in fatal Damascus crash identified; tips sought on suspect driver

News Release from: Clackamas Co. Sheriff's Office
Posted: May 16, 2012

Media and Interested Parties




Please reference Clackamas County Sheriff's Office Case #12-14557

On April 14, 2012, at about 3:55 p.m. Laura Schaefer, age 76 of Eagle Creek, died as the result of injuries sustained in a head on crash on SE Tillstrom Road near SE Debora Drive in Damascus, Oregon.

The driver of the other vehicle, Gary Monaco, age 52 of Boring, is being investigated for DUII and Criminally Negligent Homicide.

Gary Monaco was driving a maroon F350 pickup truck and crossed over the center line of SE Tillstrom Road near SE Debora Drive -- crashing head-on into the Nissan Versa being driven by Laura Schaefer.

Witnesses and bystanders called 911 about the crash. Ms. Schaefer was pinned in the vehicle and Boring Fire personnel were required to extricate her from the wreckage. She died at the scene.

Gary Monaco was transported to OHSU with non-life threatening injuries and was later released.

The crash is being investigated by the Clackamas County Sheriff's Office Criminal Reconstruction and Forensics Team (CRAFT).


The Clackamas County Sheriff's Office is seeking tips and information regarding this crime. Specifically, investigators are looking for witnesses who may have seen the driving of Gary Monaco immediately prior to the crash in the area of SE Foster Road and SE Jenne Road. A photo of the truck being driven by Gary Monaco in the crash is linked above.

Anyone with information concerning this incident is urged to contact the Clackamas County Sheriff's Office's confidential Tip Line -- by telephone at 503-723-4949 or by using the online e-mail form. Please reference Clackamas County Sheriff's Office Case #12-14557.

The public can also submit crime-tip text messages to the Clackamas County Sheriff's Office from a cell phone. All users have to do is send a text message to CRIMES (274637 on your phone keypad) -- with the keyword CCSO as the first word in the message body.

Important reminder: Please do not send emergency messages using the text-messaging system -- in case of an emergency, call 911.

Please reference Clackamas County Sheriff's Office Case #12-14557.

Contact Info:

Adam Phillips, Sergeant
Office of Public Information
Clackamas County Sheriff's Office

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