Tangent, Ore. – Linn County Undersheriff Jim Yon reports deputies are continuing to investigate the fatal crash on Seven Mile Lane and Tangent Drive, east of Tangent.
The female operator of a 2006 Yamaha XV2 was identified as Sarah Danielle Watson, 22, of Albany and was pronounced dead at the scene.
Deputies learned Watson was traveling north on Seven Mile Lane near the intersection of Tangent Drive. The red 2007 Toyota Prius, driven by Miranda Rebecca Carnes, 19, of Tangent, was traveling east on Tangent Drive. Witnesses told deputies that Carnes did not come to a complete stop at the stop sign at the intersection. Carnes continued east through the intersection hitting the motorcycle. Both of the involved vehicles came to rest on Tangent Drive, east of Seven Mile Lane.
The roadway was closed for approximately three hours during the investigation. It does not appear that speed or alcohol was a contributing factor. This is an ongoing investigation and will later be reviewed by the Linn County District Attorney’s Office.
Aasum Funeral Home transported Watson from the scene. Carnes was not injured in the crash.
Deputies were assisted by the Tangent Fire Department, Albany Fire Department, the Multidisciplinary Accident Investigation Team and the Linn County Road Department.
Sarah Watson was an exceptional young woman who was extremely close to her loving parents and little sister. Sarah loved horses including her beloved Mustang, Misty. Sarah was always an advocate for wild Mustangs and was a member of the Pacific Wild Horse Club because of the strong bond she had with her own Mustang.
Sarah participated in 4H, Teen’s and Oregon Mustangs, and competed in OHSET throughout high school. After high school Sarah then went on to compete on the LBCC equestrian team through college. Sarah graduated from LBCC and went on to train horses, coach 4H, and gave horse back riding lessons to beginners. Sarah was a trainer, coach, and mentor who made a big impact in the lives of many young girls and horses in the horse community.
Sarah will always be remembered for her beautiful smile, a heart that was larger than life, passion for anything horses, and the positive attitude, and laughter she radiated to everyone around her. Always remembered and forever loved.
– Ashley Hatleberg