Sheriff's Office responds to fatal car crash on SW Petes Mountain Road; driver dead, passenger in critical condition

News Release from: Clackamas Co. Sheriff's Office
Posted: June 9, 2014, 11:33 a.m.


Media and Interested Parties


Please refer to CCSO Case #14-15466

Crash-scene photos: [ 1 ] [ 2 ] [ 3 ]

At 5:15 p.m. on Sunday, June 8, the Clackamas County Sheriff's Office -- with help from both the West Linn and Wilsonville Police Departments -- responded to a report of a single-vehicle crash in the 27000 block of SW Petes Mountain Road in rural Clackamas County. Witnesses called 911 to report that a car had hit a power pole and the vehicle was sheared in half.

There were two occupants in the vehicle at the time of the crash. Firefighters from Tualatin Valley Fire & Rescue and paramedics from American Medical Response (AMR) treated the two occupants on-scene. They worked for hours to free the two pinned in the vehicle. The vehicle was severely damaged. After crashing into the power pole the vehicle was torn in two.

The driver of the vehicle is identified as Hayden James Soyk, 18, of West Linn. The passenger is Madison (Maddi) Higgins, 17.

Mr. Soyk died at the scene due to his injuries. Ms. Higgins was transported with life-threatening injuries by Life Flight to a local hospital. Ms. Higgins is currently listed in critical condition.

Witness statements and evidence at the scene indicate speed was a main factor in the crash. The traffic accident is still under investigation at this writing.

The families of the vehicle occupants are requesting their privacy and refusing all media interview requests at this time.

Crash-scene photos are linked above.

The Clackamas County Sheriff's Office urges drivers to watch road conditions and maintain a safe speed during all vehicle operations.


Anyone with additional information regarding this accident is encouraged to contact the Clackamas County Sheriff's Office's confidential Tip Line -- by phone at 503-723-4949 or by using the online e-mail form. Please refer to CCSO Case #14-15466.


Sergeant Nathan Thompson
Office of Public Information
Clackamas County Sheriff's Office

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