(Sutherlin, OR)…A well-known man in the local fishing world died over the weekend after crashing his SUV off I-5 south of Eugene. According to the Oregon State Police, 47-year old Pete Flohr of Peshastin was driving a 1999 GMC Suburban south near Sutherlin on Saturday night when he left the interstate, crashed through a fence and went through the parking lot of a trucking company. It was there he hit a parked semi-truck and then a semi-trailer, according to OSP.
After the crash, he was airlifted to PeaceHealth Sacred Heart Medical Center at RiverBend for life threatening injuries, where he later died.
Investigators are looking into fatigue and speed as contributing factors to the crash.
Flohr is the former chair of the North Central Washington Chapter of the Coastal Conservation Association (CCA). He was also a long-time employee of Hooked on Toys and organizer of the Salmon Derbies in Wenatchee and Brewster.