Police: 17-year-old killed when tractor crashed into vehicle near Lafayette
LAFAYETTE, Ore. – Oregon State Police say a 17-year-old boy was killed in a crash when a tractor struck the car his was in south of Lafayette Tuesday morning.
KATU News has learned the victim is Roberto Garcia, a senior at McMinnville High School. He was pronounced dead at the scene.
The school district says it has provided grievance counselors for students beginning Tuesday.
Garcia's family says the teenager was heading to school with his girlfriend and his little brother. The family says the 16-year-old brother is out of the hospital and is doing fine except for some small scraps to his head and neck area.
The crash occurred around 8:15 a.m. on Highway 99W, near milepost 33.
According to police, a 17-year-old girl was driving a 1999 Mercury Sable southbound on the highway behind a box truck.
At the same time, Christopher Current, 49, of McMinnville, was on Mineral Springs Road trying to turn left to go northbound on the highway.
After the box truck made a right turn onto Mineral Springs Road, the tractor entered the intersection and collided with the front passenger side of the Mercury Sable.
State police haven't said who's at fault or if speed or distracted driving were factors.