91-year-old found dead after car crashes into Siuslaw River

The vehicle was pulled out of the river and the body was recovered.

Posted: Sep 28, 2020 6:02 PM
Updated: Sep 28, 2020 6:08 PM

FLORENCE, Ore. – A 91-year-old Florence resident was found dead after his car went off the road into the Siuslaw River on Sunday.

Police learned of the incident at about 3:15 p.m. A witness saw Parker Kendall’s Jeep Wrangler swerve on Rhododendron Drive near New Hope Road, going off the road and into the river.

Divers with the Lane County Sheriff’s Office located the vehicle at 8:08 p.m. and found Kendall in the driver’s seat. The vehicle was pulled out of the river and the body was recovered.

Authorities said there was evidence of preexisting medical conditions found inside the vehicle. Criminal activity is not suspected.

The US Coast Guard, Siuslaw Valley Fire Department and Medical Examiner’s Office also assisted.

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