A Longview man died killed and his eight-year-old son was critically injured in a head-on car crash on Highway 30 west of Clatskanie Sunday, authorities said. The death is the second recent tragedy for the injured boy, whose mother died suddenly last month.
Lucas Brown and his son Noah were among seven people — including four children — who were injured in the wreck, which occurred around 5:36 p.m., the Oregon State Police reported.
Lucas William Brown, 36, of Longview was declared dead at Legacy Emanuel Medical Center in Portland after he and his son Noah Waite-Brown, 8, were flown there by medical helicopter. Noah, also of Longview, was listed in critical condition Monday at Legacy’s Randall Children’s Hospital.
Noah’s mother, Leah “Nikki” Waite, 31, died March 4 under circumstances which remain under investigation.
Lucas Brown’s other son, Kane Gabriel Brown, 7, of Longview, also was in Brown’s car. He was taken by ambulance to Columbia Memorial Hospital in Astoria, then to Oregon Health & Science University in Portland with non-life-threatening injuries. Kane’s mother is Kristen Brown of Longview.
Noah and Kane attend schools in Longview. School District spokeswoman Sandy Catt said the accident “has affected those of us in the district — particularly those at the schools where the boys attend. Our thoughts and prayers for healing are with the youngsters and their families.”
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She added, “The principal and the teacher of the student most seriously injured have been able to sit with the youngster in the hospital and provide comfort to his family.”
She said the district will have additional counselors on duty for staff and students as needed.
Police said Brown’s eastbound 1998 Volkswagen Jetta was rounding a curve near milepost 75 when it crossed the center line and hit a 2003 Mini Cooper head-on. Astoria dispatch logs show two traffic complaints in the area shortly before the accident.
The westbound Mini was driven by Kimberly Anne Sultan, 42, of Astoria. She was taken to St. John Medical Center in Longview and transferred to Legacy Emanuel, where she was listed in critical condition Monday afternoon. Police identified the passengers in the Mini as Ivan Sultan, 44, Keanu Sultan, 16, and Emily R. Lloyd, 22 months. They were taken to Columbia Memorial in Astoria with minor injuries. All three were wearing seat belts.
It was unclear whether the people in the Volkswagen were wearing seat belts.
The crash, which shut down the two-lane highway for about three hours, remains under investigation.