Friends and family are setting up fundraisers and food support for the family of Tatum Didier, 19, of Longview, the R. A. Long High School graduate who died Friday afternoon in a crash that closed Highway 30 east of Rainier. Oregon State Police say that Didier was a passenger in a car that was hit by a log truck at about 12:25 Friday afternoon, near milepost 45 on Highway 30 east of Rainier. Troopers say that the driver, Kassandra Westom, 19, of Longview turned left in front of a log truck that was driven by Dustin Schoenborn, 24, of Mollala. Didier died at the scene, while Westom was eventually taken to Southwest Washington Medical Center in Vancouver; she’s listed in critical, but stable condition this morning. The collision closed the highway for the better part of six hours. It’s possible that driver impairment was a factor in the collision; blood was taken at the hospital for analysis. So far, no citations have been issued.
A page has been set up on youcaring.com, where donations are being taken to help the family with funeral expenses. Volunteers are also signing up on mealtrain.com, setting up a schedule to help bring freshly-made dinners to the family. You can also get details on a candlelight vigil that being set up for Wednesday evening, starting at 6:30 pm at R. A. Long High School; a viewing is also set up for that day, going from 10 am to 5 pm at the Steele Funeral Chapel on Mt. Solo Road in West Longview.