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Witnesses sought in fatal hit-and-run near Cave Junction

Oregon State Police investigators are asking for clues in a rural Josephine County fatal crash early Saturday morning in which an unknown driver struck a couple near Cave Junction who’d apparently had an argument at the side of the road.

Corey Fletcher, 31, was pronounced dead at the scene and Andrea Ayala, 23, was hospitalized after an unknown vehicle struck them on Highway 199 near Patton Bar Road while Ayala had been attempting to render aid to Fletcher from an earlier incident, according to a release issued by Oregon State Police.

At about 1:50 a.m., Fletcher reportedly leaped from the moving car Ayala had been driving during an argument, according to police’s early investigation. Ayala ran to a home nearby to call for medical aid. When she returned, Fletcher was alert.

While Ayala was helping Fletcher back into their vehicle, an unknown vehicle headed north on Highway 199 reportedly struck both Ayala and Fletcher.

The vehicle reportedly “stopped momentarily,” according to OSP, then continued north on the highway toward Cave Junction.

The crash investigation closed Highway 199 for approximately five hours, according to OSP. Illinois Valley Fire and the Oregon Department of Transportation assisted police with the crash.

Anyone with information regarding the crash or events that led up to it are asked to call OSP’s Southern Command Center at 541-474-3174 and reference case number 18-201309.

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