Two Columbia County teenagers were killed and a third boy was injured Wednesday in a motorcycle accident near Goble. And the body of 18-year-old Daniel Pasko, of Birkenfeld, who had been missing since Tuesday, was found inside his car, which had gone down a 40-foot embankment on State Highway 202 near milepost 37.1, near the Columbia County border.
Pasko had not returned home after leaving a friend's house in Jewell Tuesday afternoon, Oregon State Police Sgt. Andrew Merila said. A passing log truck driver spotted Pasko's green Ford Focus at 2:30 p.m. Wednesday and called police. Evidence at the scene indicated Pasko had been traveling east when his car went onto the shoulder as he exited a right-hand curve. The car then veered across the highway and went off the other side, then traveled down the embankment and struck a tree. The impact killed Pasko, who was not wearing a safety belt, police said.
Pasko had formerly attended Jewell High School. "He had some really good friends here," Allyce Chronister, a school employee, said today.
Birkenfeld Fire and Rescue and Oregon Department of Transportation personnel assisted at the scene. The accident remains under investigation.
The two boys killed in the motorcycle accident were identified by KGW TV as Steven Zecko, 15, and Thomas Brownlow, 17. Sixteen-year-old Aaron Morely was admitted to St. John's Hospital in Longview, Wash., with injuries that were not life-threatening. Morely and Zecko were students at St. Helens High School. Brownlow was home-schooled. The boys had been riding motorcycles on Orr Road when they ran off the road and hit a bank, the Columbia County Sheriff's Department said. All three were wearing helmets.