Head-On Crash Kills Roseburg Man

Date: August 25, 2010
Location: I-5 near Winston, Oregon
Names: Kindall S. Baker, Justin M. Burkett

A 21-year-old man died August 25, 2010, in a two-car crash on an I-5 overpass near Winston, Oregon, according to an OSP press release.

Around 8:45 AM, a car driven by Kindall S. Baker, 25, of Winston, was on the Highway 42 overpass, preparing to enter I-5, as a car driven by Justin M. Burkett, 21, of Roseburg, was exiting.

On a sweeping curve, the car driven by Burkett crossed the double solid center line, and crashed head-on into the car driven by Baker.

Burkett was pronounced dead at the scene. He was not using safety restraints.

Baker, who was using safety restraints, sustained non-life threatening injuries. He was taken by ambulance to Mercy Medical Center in Roseburg.

OSP troopers and a collision reconstructionist were joined at the scene by Douglas County Sheriff’s Office, ODOT and local emergency responders. The crash investigation closed the Highway 42 overpass for approximately three hours.

We send condolences to the Burkett family as they remember Justin, a young man described as big-hearted and generous in the Douglas County News-Review.

Burkett was a 2007 graduate of Days Creek High School who excelled in football, baseball, and basketball. He worked as a technician at Barbar Web Company, and in his spare time he enjoyed hunting and tinkering on his car. He is survived by a large circle of family and friends, including his father and stepmother, Charles and Rhonda Burkett.

Our thoughts are also with Baker, wishing him a speedy recovery to full health.

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