Woman, child with College Place roots killed in crash


Two members of a family from College Place died Monday in a crash during a police pursuit in Coos County, Ore., local and Oregon officials said today.

Natalia Zubriski, 26, and her son Jolen Wilson, 8, were killed in the crash, and the driver, Michael Zubriski -- who officials say is from College Place -- is lodged in Coos County Jail in Southern Oregon for investigation of two counts of manslaughter. Bail is set at $500,000.

Zubriski, 26, his wife, her son, her daughter Amber Wilson, 9, and the couple's son Michael Zubriski, 3, were in a 1996 Dodge Neon westbound from Myrtle Point, Ore., when a Myrtle Point police officer gave chase, said Coos County sheriff's Sgt. Pat Downing.

The car matched the description of a vehicle driven from a theft reported about 30 minutes earlier, Downing said.

Within minutes, Zubriski's vehicle went around a turn on the narrow, winding farm road on two wheels, veering into the lane of oncoming traffic, officials said.

Eastbound was Jeanmarie Marsh, 54, of Port Orford, Ore., driving a pickup truck and pulling a three-horse trailer.

The Dodge hit the pickup, going underneath the truck and trailer, eventually coming to rest on its top "quite a distance behind the truck and trailer," Downing said.

Marsh received minor injuries.

The family had been in the area for about two weeks and Michael Zubriski had a previous contact with police there, Downing said. College Place officers also told him Michael was "well known to them," he added.

Three year-old Michael Zubriski was life flighted to Emmanuel Hospital in Portland, Ore., on Monday night or early this morning and Amber Wilson was treated at an area hospital and released, the sergeant said.

Michael Zubriski was treated and released from a hospital before being taken into custody.

The wreck, one of six fatal occurrences in two weeks in Coos County, is under investigation, Downing said.

Sheila Hagar can be reached at sheilahagar@wwub.com or 526-8322.


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