GEARHART — An 87-year old Seaside man died Saturday night following an afternoon single vehicle traffic crash along U.S. Highway 101 north of Gearhart.

The Oregon State Police said its preliminary investigation indicates the victim may have had a medical emergency prior to driving off the highway and crashing his vehicle.

At 5:26 p.m., a 1997 Lincoln Continental driven by Walter B. Cadman, 87, from Seaside, was southbound on Highway 101 near milepost 17.

For an unknown reason, the Lincoln traveled across the center turn lane and northbound lane, and then went through a grassy section along the side of the highway. The Lincoln then struck a fire hydrant, post, tree and two driveway access points before coming to a stop.

Cadman was alone in the car, He was extricated by Gearhart Fire Department personnel. He was initially transported to Columbia Memorial Hospital in Astoria with serious injuries. He was later taken by LifeFlight to Legacy Emanuel Medical Center in Portland, where he died Saturday evening.

OSP troopers from the Astoria Area Command office are continuing the investigation. Trooper Greg Schuerger is the lead investigator.

OSP was assisted at the scene by Gearhart Police Department and Gearhart Fire Department.

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