Mother dies in traffic accident

Three-year-old son, who was sitting in a car seat, survived with minor injuries

June 1, 2005

A Hood River woman was killed in a traffic fatality along Tucker Road on Tuesday morning — but her 3-year-old son received only minor injuries.

Latoya Henry, 20, was found dead in her 1995 Pontiac Grand Prix shortly after 4:30 a.m. on May 31. According to an Oregon State Police (OSP) report, Henry was not wearing a seatbelt at the time the vehicle left the roadway at Nobi’s Corner and crashed into a tree. Her son, Kyle, was strapped into a child safety seat in the rear of the sedan and received only bruises from the impact. He was treated at Providence Hood River Memorial Hospital before being turned over to the care of relatives.

OSP Sgt. Julie Wilcox said it appears that Henry was not speeding at the time of the accident, which probably occurred within four hours of being discovered by a passing motorist. Henry is believed to have died instantaneously even though both front airbags deployed upon impact.

“All indicators are that she fell asleep and drifted left as she was traveling south and then struck a tree,” Wilcox said.

Wilcox said alcohol could have been a factor in the wreck but that possibility cannot be confirmed until the results of toxicology tests are known.

According to reports, Henry had just relocated to Hood River from White Swan, Wash., on Thursday and was staying with cousins. Her remains were turned over to Anderson’s Tribute Center in Hood River for burial.

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