Wrong-way driver kills man on I-82

A wrong-way driver killed a 66-year-old man along I-82 near Hermiston, March 7, 2014 (OSP)
A wrong-way driver killed a 66-year-old man along I-82 near Hermiston, March 7, 2014 (OSP)

PORTLAND, Ore. (KOIN) — A head-on crash in the early hours of Friday along I-82 near Hermiston left one driver dead and the other driver airlifted to a Portland hospital.

Shortly before 1:30 a.m., a Cadillac driven by Alicia Breckheimer was going west on the eastbound side of I-82 near milepost 4, Oregon State Police officials said, when she slammed into a Chrysler driven by Robert Henry Baker.

Baker, 66, died at the scene.

Breckheimer was pulled out of the car by firefighters and rushed first to a Hermiston hospital. The 31-year-old woman was then airlifted to Legacy Emanuel Medical Center in Portland.

Authorities said both drivers were wearing safety belts. Alcohol is being looked as a possible factor in the crash, OSP said.

EDITOR’S NOTE: An earlier version of this story transposed and misidentified the drivers and the events. KOIN 6 News regrets the error.

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