A woman died when the car she was riding in went off of U.S. Highway 101 near milepost 28 and over an embankment one mile north of Cannon Beach on July 20.

The passenger, Ruth A. Delgado, 23, of Los Angeles, Calif., was pronounced dead at the scene. The driver, Gabriela Rayon, 21, of Vancouver, Wash., was seriously injured and transported initially by Medix Ambulance Services to Columbia Memorial Hospital in Astoria. Rayon was later transferred to Legacy Emanuel Medical Center in Portland, where she was listed in fair condition.

Both occupants were using safety restraints.

The women were traveling southbound and, for an unknown reason, left the roadway and plummeted down an embankment, where the passenger side struck a tree. The car, a 2004 Chevrolet four-door, came to a rest on the ground in heavy brush among trees and was not visible from the roadway.

At approximately 8:30 p.m. July 20, Oregon State Police and local emergency responders were notified that a male hitchhiker spotted a crashed vehicle after hearing cries for help from down the heavily wooded 40-foot embankment.

Cannon Beach Police Department and Cannon Beach Fire and Rescue arrived first.

It appears the crash occurred at least 12 hours before the vehicle was discovered.

OSP troopers and detectives from the Astoria Area Command office are investing the cause of the crash.

OSP was assisted at the scene by the Clatsop County Sheriff’s Office, Cannon Beach Police Department, Cannon Beach Fire and Rescue, Medix and the Oregon Department of Transportation.

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