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Family mourning Longview 19-year-old who died in crash with log truck

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RAINIER, OR (KPTV) -

Family and friends are mourning the loss of a 19-year-old from Longview and she died in a crash involving a log truck Friday.

Oregon State Police said Tatum Tootoosis-Didier died while riding in a car on Highway 30 near Rainier. 

Troopers said a fully loaded 2017 Kenworth log truck was headed west near milepost 45 just before 12:30 p.m. when an eastbound 2008 Nissan Altima in which Tootoosis-Didier was a passenger turned left directly in front of the truck.

The truck struck the car on the passenger side, taking both vehicles off the road and into the yard of a residence.

Troopers said Tootoosis-Didier died at the scene. A YouCaring page has been set up to help her family. 

Nicole Tideman, a close friend of the teen’s family, told FOX 12 she was well loved and did not take herself too seriously.

“I have loved her since she was born. I think everybody who knew her just loved her,” Tideman said. “She was this beautiful girl who had all these athletic accomplishments and was still just funny and goofy and just great to be around.”

The driver of the car carrying Tootoosis-Didier, 19-year-old Kassandra Westom of Longview, suffered critical injuries and was taken to a hospital in Longview before being transferred to a hospital in Vancouver.

The log truck driver, 24-year-old Dustin Schoenborn of Molalla, was evaluated by medical personnel and remained at the scene to assist investigators.

The road was closed intermittently for around six hours for the investigation and debris removal.

Investigators said they are considering impairment as a contributing factor the crash, and the investigation is ongoing.

The Oregon Department of Transportation, Rainier Police Department and Columbia River Fire and Rescue assisted troopers in the response to this incident.

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