UPDATED: Sheriff's Office responds to fatal car crash on SE Lusted Rd; four dead

News Release from: Clackamas Co. Sheriff's Office
Posted: Monday, August 11, 2014 6:52 a.m.


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Please reference CCSO Case # 14-21796.

UPDATE (08/12/14, 2:30 p.m.):

The occupants fatally injured in yesterday's vehicle crash on S. Lusted Rd. east of Sandy have now been identified.

The driver is identified as Brandon Lee Mayo, age 31. The three passengers are identified as Shalene Rene Newland, age 20; Jesse Jasso-Varsamas, age 20; and Suzanne Marie Varsamas, age 39.

All occupants of the car are from Portland.

The cause of the crash is still under investigation.

There was a dog in the vehicle at the time of the crash that was transported to a local veterinary hospital. The dog is still alive at this point and being treated for its injuries.

EARLIER (Aug. 11, 6:08 a.m.):


At approximately 2:28 a.m. on Monday, August 11, 2014, Clackamas County Sheriff's Office (CCSO) deputies responded to a report of a single-vehicle traffic crash on SE Lusted Rd. at SE Hudson Rd., an unincorporated area of Clackamas County north of the City of Sandy. Other responding agencies included the Sandy Police Department, Sandy Fire Department, and American Medical Response (AMR).

A citizen who lived near the crash called 911 to report the vehicle had collided with a tree, the vehicle was on fire, and the vehicle carried four passengers, including the driver.

The citizen quickly reacted and helped one of the back-seat passengers out of the vehicle before fire engulfed the entire vehicle along with the other occupants.

The three other occupants were unable to escape the vehicle, and were found deceased by first responders.

The injured passenger was flown to a Portland-area hospital by the Life Flight Network. CCSO was later notified by hospital staff that the passenger had died as a result of his injuries.

During the citizen's rescue efforts, a small dog escaped the burning vehicle and ran away from the crash scene. The dog was later found by someone standing nearby and was discovered to have suffered burns along with other possible injuries. The dog was rushed by a CCSO deputy to an emergency veterinary hospital; its medical condition is unknown at this writing. However, a reading of the dog's microchip provided information about its registered owner -- which is being used to possibly identify at least one of the vehicle occupants.

The Clackamas County Medical Examiner's Office and CCSO are still working to identify the victims of the crash. Additionally, the names of the deceased will be withheld until family notifications can be made.

The intersection of SE Lusted Rd and SE Hudson Rd will remain closed until the CCSO and Clackamas County Medical Examiner's Office have completed the scene investigation. Citizens who routinely travel through the intersection are asked to find an alternate route for this morning's commute. (UPDATE: The road was re-opened around 7:30 a.m. on Aug. 11.)

Please reference CCSO case # 14-21796


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Contact Info:
Deputy Ben Frazier
Office of Public Information
Clackamas County Sheriff's Office

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