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Oregon police search for vehicle involved in fatal Nyssa crash

Emergency personnel work to remove the body of Nyssa resident Billy Jo Carr Jr., after he flipped his pickup trying to avoid collision with an SUV or hatchback car that came into his lane while trying to pass another vehicle on Highway 20.
Emergency personnel work to remove the body of Nyssa resident Billy Jo Carr Jr., after he flipped his pickup trying to avoid collision with an SUV or hatchback car that came into his lane while trying to pass another vehicle on Highway 20. Oregon State Police

A white SUV or hatchback car went to pass another vehicle and in the path of Billy Jo Carr Jr., driving south Thursday evening on Highway 20 between Ontario and Nyssa.

Carr swerved his 1992 Toyota pickup toward the right shoulder to avoid a head-on collision but lost control and flipped the truck onto its top at about 7:50 p.m. The incident took place near Milepost 259.

The driver of the SUV did not stop and fled the scene, Oregon State Police reported.

Carr was pronounced dead at the scene.

The highway was closed for three hours. One lane was opened for another two hours until the highway could be cleared.

The state police are seeking help from anyone who may have witnessed the incident or have information on the driver of the SUV or hatchback. Contact Sgt. Kurt Marvin at 541-889-6469 or the Oregon State Police Southern Command Center at 541-776-6111 (reference case No. SP16322989).

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