On September 5, 2021, at approximately 8:15 A.M., a single-vehicle rollover crash occurred just south of the Coburg interchange on Interstate 5, southbound, near Milepost 199.
Initial investigation revealed a red Toyota Tacoma was traveling SB on Interstate 5 when the driver, Kristan Birni (26) of Portland, fell asleep and the Tacoma veered onto the shoulder of Interstate 5, striking a sign. The Tacoma then rolled over a series of times before coming to rest in the southbound lane. The driver and front passenger, Patrick Dorme (33) of Portland, were using safety belts and suffered serious injuries. They were transported to River Bend Hospital by ambulance. The rear seat passenger, Alexander Haluk (26) of Sherwood, was not using a safety belt and was ejected from the vehicle. The rear seat passenger was pronounced deceased at the scene.
The driver advised he fell asleep while driving. Toxicology at the hospital combined with in-person observations and statements determined impairment was not a contributing factor.
OSP was assisted by Lane County Sheriff’s Office, Coburg Fire, and the Oregon Department of Transportation.