Linn County Sheriff Jim Yon reports his deputies are investigating a double-fatal motor vehicle crash that occurred yesterday near the address of 25710 Brush Creek Road, which is approximately one mile east of Crawfordsville.


On Tuesday at about 6:17 p.m., the Sheriff’s Office received a report that two vehicles crashed and at least one person was unconscious and not breathing. The investigation showed that a black 2003 Mitsubishi Lancer, driven by Ty Kirkland, 23, was headed southbound on Brush Creek Road. The passengers in the vehicle were Stormy Barge, 24, and her two children, Emma Pulido, 5, and Macy Pulido, 3, all of Sweet Home.


The second vehicle, a green 1999 Jeep Wrangler driven by Brian McIntire, 29, of Sweet Home, was traveling northbound on Brush Creek Road when it left its lane of travel and collided with the Mitsubishi. Stormy Barge was pronounced dead at the scene. Emma Pulido was transported via ambulance and LifeFlight helicopter to Good Samaritan Hospital in Corvallis, but she passed away while en route. Ty Kirkland and Macy Pulido were transported to Riverbend hospital in Springfield with minor injuries. The Linn County Medical Examiner was contacted to assist in the investigation.


Alcohol was a factor in the crash. Brian McIntire was arrested and lodged in the Linn County Jail on the charges of Driving Under the Influence of Intoxicants, two counts of First Degree Manslaughter, and Reckless Driving.


Deputies were assisted at the scene by the Multi Agency Investigation Team, the Lebanon Police Department, the Sweet Home Fire Department, the Linn County Medical Examiner’s Office and the Linn County Road Department.

I would like to plead with everyone to please take caution while driving on our roads. Please do not drink and drive. There are many options out there so you do not have to drive. If you have to ask yourself if you are alright to drive, you are not alright to drive. You are placing people at risk by making poor choices. This is the third fatality on Brush Creek road since Sunday. Please slow down and drive responsibly. There is a lot of extra vehicle traffic on our road system during this time of year.