By News-Register staff • 

West Valley crash claims life of Portland man

WILLAMINA - A Portland man was killed Sunday night in a single-vehicle crash when his vehicle left Yamhill River Road, struck a utility pole and tree, went down an embankment and came to rest near the South Yamhill River.

The Oregon State Police identified the victim as Bradley Gene Jones, 47.

Trooper Chad Drew gave this account:

About 10:30 p.m., Jones was driving a 1999 Chevrolet Suburban eastbound on Highway 18 and took the Highway 18B exit to Willamina at a high rate of speed.

Jones drove off the roadway but regained control of the vehicle for a brief period of time before the vehicle left the roadway again and crashed. He was not wearing a seat belt, alcohol may have been a factor in the crash and Jones was pronounced dead at the scene

Yamhill River Road was closed for about five hours while an investigation took place and the scene was cleared.

The Yamhill County Sheriff's Office, West Valley Fire District, Oregon Department of Transportation and Portland General Electric also responded to the incident.



Robert Lee

While I feel it's sad he lost his life, due to a cursory check of Oregon public records I found over half a dozen arrests for DUII dating back to 1999 for this man. The saving grace of his death is that he didn't take anyone else with him.