Fatal Motor Vehicle Crash

Josephine Co. Sheriff's Office

On Tuesday, May 26, 2020 at approximately 8:13PM, Deputies responded to a two-vehicle accident in the 2600 block of Fish Hatchery Road along with fire and medical personnel.  Upon arrival, the vehicles involved in the crash were found to be a 2002 Mercury Sable and a 2012 Volkswagen Jetta. 

After an investigation into the crash it was determined that the Mercury Sable operated by Amanda McFarland left the paved roadway and onto the gravel shoulder.  The vehicle then spun into the opposite lane of travel where the Volkswagen Jetta impacted the passenger side of the Mercury Sable. 

Amanda McFarland’s two-year-old son was in the rear passenger seat of the Mercury Sable.  McFarland and her son were both transported to Three Rivers Hospital via ambulance.  At 10:40PM, McFarland’s son was pronounced deceased as a result of injuries sustained in the crash.  The driver of the Volkswagen Jetta was treated and released from Three Rivers Hospital with no significant injuries. 

Oregon State Police responded to the crash scene to assist in a crash reconstruction. 

 Upon investigation it was determined McFarland was operating her vehicle while under the influence of alcohol.  McFarland was admitted to Three Rivers Hospital for injuries she sustained in the crash.  After being discharged from the hospital, McFarland was arrested and lodged at the Josephine County Jail on the above listed charges.  This case has been referred to the Josephine County District Attorney’s office.  Requests for further details should be directed to the District Attorney.