Multi-Car Accident Killed 3 at HWY 126W in Lane County, OR
July 10, 2023

Lane County, Oregon (OR) – On July 5, 2023, at around 5:46 p.m., Oregon State Police reacted to a multi-vehicle collision on Hwy-126W close to milepost 30 in Lane County, OR.

According to the initial findings, a white Dodge Challenger driven by Allen David Weaver Jr, 51-year-old, of Grace (ID) was westbound on Hwy 126W close to milepost 30 when it traversed the double yellow centerline and sideswiped a white Nissan Frontier driven by McKenzie Rhea Myers, 36-year-old of Florence, which was pulling a travel trailer. The Dodge Challenger proceeded westbound in the eastbound lane, almost colliding with a green Toyota Tacoma pickup driven by Derek Zavier Powell, 31-year-old of Eugene.

The operator of the Challenger (Weaver Jr.) was pronounced dead at the site. The driver of the Nissan (Myers) and her passenger, Michelle Lynn Wilson, 52-year-old of Florence, were not hurt in the accident. The Toyota’s driver (Powell) was critically hurt and was taken to hospital for treatment. Lacy Nicole Taylor, 28-year-old of Eugene and Michele Denise Taylor, 58-year-old of Eugene, both passengers from Tacoma, were both confirmed dead at the site. David Michael Taylor, 59-year-old, of Eugene, was the third passenger to be critically hurt and was taken to hospital for treatment.

During the on-scene inquiry, the route was closed for around 4.5 hours.

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