VALE, Ore. -- An Idaho man died after being thrown halfway out of his SUV early Friday morning in a crash along Highway 20 west of Vale, Ore.
Oregon State Police said David Maybrey, 33 of Weiser, Idaho was driving west on Highway 20 when at around 2 a.m. his Geo Tracker drifted off the roadway.
Police Sergeant Kurt Marvin said Maybrey over-corrected and rolled the SUV near milepost 240. Troopers at the scene said the man was not wearing a seat belt and found him halfway outside of the vehicle. He was pronounced dead at the scene.
Investigators believe alcohol could have caused the crash, Sgt. Marvin said.
ODOT, OSP and our public safety and traffic safety partners remind travelers to always buckle up. Consistent belt use is the single most effective way to protect motor vehicle occupants from crash injury or death, according to the U.S. Department of Transportation.
Oregon recently became the state with the highest safety belt use among U.S states, with 98% of the motoring public observed using safety belts routinely. While that's good news, it's still painful when one person dies in a crash and he or she was not wearing a seat belt. It's critical to remain vigilant about buckling up: every time, every trip.
Statistics gathered by Oregon's Fatality Analysis Reporting System (FARS) over the past 25 years show nearly half of all Fourth of July period traffic fatalities were in alcohol-involved crashes. Three-hundred people have died during the Fourth of July holiday period since 1970; more than 50 of those deaths during the last ten years.