Woman dies after driving off 142-foot ravine in Oregon

Woman dies after driving off 142-foot ravine in Oregon

Credit: Clackamas County

Summer Anne McVey's Honda came to rest at the bottom of a 142-foot ravine.

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Posted on August 29, 2009 at 7:59 PM

Updated Wednesday, Oct 14 at 3:35 PM

WEST LINN, Oregon -- A woman who died after her car went down into a 142-foot ravine has been identified as Summer Anne McVey, 23.

McVey, formerly of Gresham, apparently drove a 2004 Honda Civic near the 25500 block of Southwest Petes Mountain Road, said Clackamas County sheriff's spokesman Det. Jim Strovink. She was last seen alive late Thursday, he said.

Her car was found by her boyfriend Saturday morning, who became concerned when he did not hear from her, Strovink said.

The boyfriend began driving along routes she regularly traveled, saw some blackberry bushes that had been disturbed and spotted the car on its top down in the ravine.

Crews from Tualatin Valley Fire & Rescue, Clackamas County deputies and West Linn police responded to the accident. Rescuers found McVey's body a short distance from the car.

Investigators believe at the time of the crash, she was wearing a seatbelt and crawled a short distance from the crashed car before dying, he said.

Her body was removed by Portland Mountain Rescue because of the complex rope skills required to get down the ravine, Strovink said. An autopsy is scheduled for Sunday.

Strovink said grief counselors were made available for the boyfriend and for McVey's relatives.

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