Friends remember woman who died in crash near Sherwood as loving and caring

Lorraine Wheeler

WASHINGTON COUNTY, OR (KPTV) – In the grassy median of Southwest Pacific Highway near Sherwood, there’s now a cross and flowers in honor of 47-year-old Lorraine Wheeler.

“She was all around a great person,” said a longtime friend of Wheeler, Cathy Johnson.

The Washington County Sheriff’s Office said Wheeler died in a crash there Saturday afternoon.

Deputies say 18-year-old Roger Bayard turned onto the highway and then moved into the left lane, right in the path of the truck Wheeler was in.

The two vehicles collided, and the truck rolled in the median. Wheeler was killed.  

“I want her to be remembered as somebody who loved everybody, who cared for everybody, and who would do anything for them,” Johnson said.

Johnson said Wheeler’s husband was driving at the time.

Now, she says he’s doing OK, but that he’s angry, and so is she.

“I was actually yelling at the TV,” Johnson said. “I was mad. I was just, I was angry, I was yelling at everything.” 

That’s because deputies believe Bayard was drunk at the time, and FOX 12 learned in court that he was also driving with a suspended license from a hit-and-run with property damage back in January. With this crash, Bayard also violated his probation. 

He now faces a charge of criminally negligent homicide.

A friend and attorney for Wheeler’s family spoke on their behalf. 

“Obviously they want to move on, but they want to make sure that justice is served, and they realize that the young man who did this is a young man, but they also realize that somebody’s life was taken, somebody who was a contributor to the community,” said Ross Day. 

FOX 12 was told Wheeler owned Greenway Adult Care in Tigard and specialized in caring for people on ventilators.

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