3rd teen dies, driver charged in Memorial Day crash in Estacada


All 5 occupants of black sedan teenagers

PORTLAND, Ore. (KOIN) — A third victim died following a multiple vehicle crash that took place in Estacada Monday night.

The Clackamas County Sheriff’s Office reported the passenger who was transported to a hospital via Life Flight succumbed to their injuries Tuesday.

Two teens were pronounced dead at the scene of the crash at South Springwater Road and South Redland Road just after 9 p.m. Crews had responded to a report of a black sedan spinning out of control on Springwater Road before crossing the center line and colliding with a white Ford F-350 pickup.

CCSO said the black sedan had five occupants aged 14-18. The two surviving occupants are a passenger with unknown injuries and the driver who sustained a punctured lung and is being treated at a local hospital. The driver, identified by deputies as 18-year-old Devin Kurtz, is facing charges of 2nd-degree manslaughter, reckless driving, recklessly endangering and DUII.

The driver of the Ford cooperated with investigators and did not require medical attention, according to CCSO.

“This incident is still under investigation,” CCSO said in a release. “Additional details are forthcoming. The names of the juvenile victims will not be released at this time.”

An Estacada School District message to parents about the accident is here.

‘Absolutely devastated’

Krystal Stanley said her 16-year-old son is grieving the loss of his friends in the crash that, she said, he was nearly part of.

“This is a mother’s worst nightmare. Every day I think this could be me,” Stanley told KOIN 6 News. “Last night was a close call. My son declined going with them last night, or it could be me today.”

She said the teens were coming back from a day of hanging out at the river and watching the sunset when the crash happened.

Stanley said the town of Estacda is reeling with the news of the 3 teens who died.

Her daughter, Alexis Holcomb, said the youngest victim was just 14, a girl Alexis had a close connection.

“I was absolutely devastated. I was up all night, just panicking with knowing that my friends were involved,” Alexis said. “She looked up to me and an older sister that was very, very close to her.”

An impromptu vigil was held at the high school in Estacada after a crash that killed 3 teens on Memorial Day, June 1, 2021 (KOIN)

Stanley and her daughter said they also know Devin Kurtz well.

“My son had the opportunity to talk to him today before he was released from the hospital and booked and all he kept telling Tommy was how he really screwed up,” she said. “And he was just crying on the phone.”

“He’s a human,” she said. “He’s a teenager who made a really horrible decision last night to take the keys in his hands and drive. And it cost the ultimate sacrifice and losing lives.”

An impromptu vigil took place at the high school Tuesday night. A vigil is scheduled for 8 p.m. Wednesday.

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