08-10-2008, 04:28 PM #1
In The Memory of Zac Waddle and Libby
In the Memory of Zach Waddle and Libby
Zack and his girlfriend Libby lost their lives Saturday in Oregon from a vehicle crash near Pacific City. Zach and Libby leave behind one infant child. Please join us in remembering their lives in celebration of thier spirit and love for one another and in support of their families and friends during this tremendous time of grief. Praises to those who loved and learned from thier brief but wonderful lives.
Three killed in Tillamook crash
by Lori Tobias, The Oregonian
Saturday August 09, 2008, 9:25 AM
Three people are dead following a one-car crash early this morning near Pacific City.
The accident occurred about 2 a.m., when a car traveling westbound struck a 26-year-old man and 26-year-old woman, both of Vancouver, as they walked along Resort Drive, killing them both, said Tillamook Sheriff Todd Anderson.
The car continued into the Nestucca River. One passenger was able to escape, but the driver was found dead in the car. Alcohol was a factor, Anderson said.
Identities are being withheld pending notification of family.
08-10-2008, 05:16 PM #2
Drives dies after hitting pedestrians on coast
Story Published: Aug 10, 2008 at 2:49 PM PDT
By KATU Web Staff
PACIFIC CITY, Ore. _ Three people were killed early Saturday when a car struck two pedestrians near Pacific City before dropping into the Nestucca River, authorities said.
The Tillamook County Sheriff's Office identified those killed as 25-year-old Zachary Waddle and 26-year-old Libby Davis, both of Longview, Wash., and 22-year-old James Hernandez of Hebo.
According to the sheriff's office, the Longview pair were walking along Resort Drive near the lodge where they were staying when Hernandez struck them with his car about 2 a.m. The car then ended up submerged in the river, and Hernandez's body remained buckled in his seat.
His passenger escaped and was taken to Samaritan North Lincoln Hospital.
Authorities say speed and alcohol contributed to the crash.
08-10-2008, 05:20 PM #3
Pacific City victims identified
by Melissa Navas, The Oregonian Sunday August 10, 2008, 1:22 PM
Three victims killed in a pedestrian-involved car crash in Pacific City early Saturday morning have been identified.
The deceased include Zachary Waddle, 25, and Libby Davis, 26, both of Longview, Wash., who were killed about 2 p.m. while standing or walking on Resort Drive near the Riverview Lodge where they were staying, according to the Tillamook County Sheriff's Office.
The driver of the vehicle, James Hernandez, 22, of Hebo, was found dead in a vehicle submerged in the Nestucca River. He was buckled in the driver's seat.
Hernandez's passenger, Charles Green, 22, of Hebo, was able to escape the vehicle after it went into the river. He was found on the roadway and taken to Samaritan North Lincoln Hospital by Tillamook Ambulance. Green's condition is unknown.
Evidence at the scene and statements made indicate Hernandez was driving west on Resort Drive at a high speeds when he struck Waddle and Davis, according to the sheriff's office. Speed and alcohol were contributing factors in the crash, authorities said.
08-10-2008, 05:23 PM #4
They were up at the Blowsion Beach Party '08 having a fantastic time with friends, families, children and jet skiing...
08-10-2008, 05:29 PM #5
08-11-2008, 03:53 AM #6
I saw the thread on X-H20. Terrible. So sorry for the child and family.
08-11-2008, 05:22 AM #7
My condolences to their families. Drunk driving accidents are the worst.
08-12-2008, 02:18 AM #8
Traffic deaths near Pacific City affect close-knit group
A Longview couple die when hit by the SUV of a Hebo man who also was killed; a passenger survives
Tuesday, August 12, 2008 LORI TOBIAS
The Oregonian Staff
Charlain Engels and her family were camping at Riverview Lodge early Saturday when they woke to the sound of squealing tires. They braced for the sound of breaking glass and crunching metal, but it never came.
What they heard instead was a sort of blunt impact, and moments later, screams for help. The couple ran outside. Resort Drive two miles southeast of Pacific City was dark and empty, the Nestucca River barely moving.
"It was this very serene area and there were these headlights in the water," Engels recalled Monday, still shaken. "My husband jumped in the river and he was trying to retrieve the driver, but he couldn't even get to the car. He tried, he tried, he tried."
Moments later came the sirens and the discovery of the bodies of Zachary Waddle , 25, and Libby Davis, 26, parents from Longview who'd taken a weekend away to enjoy the camaraderie of fellow jet ski riders.
The SUV struck and killed the pair near Riverview Lodge as they stood near the road trying to settle what friends called a lover's quarrel. The Chevrolet Trailblazer landed in the river, killing its driver, James Hernandez, 22, of Hebo. A passenger, Charles Green, 22, also of Hebo, was able to escape from the vehicle.
The accident is still under investigation, but speed and alcohol were a factor, said Tillamook County Sheriff Todd Anderson.
It was supposed to be a weekend of fun and high adventure in the surf. Waddle was a top free rider who competed worldwide in the sport that calls for jet ski riders to perform their best moves in pounding ocean surf.
Saturday was the annual Blowsion Beach Party in Pacific City for the close-knit community of free riders and their families. Waddle and Davis had taken advantage of her parents' offer to baby-sit their 11-month-old son, Mason, so they could go.
"I was with Zach 10 hours Friday," said Scott Swanson of Portland. "We rode three hours in the surf. He rode so hard and rode so well . . . whenever everyone else complained about the surf, Zach rode it as hard as he could. He loved being salty, loved getting wet."
After a full day at the beach, many of the group gathered at Los Caporales Mexican Restaurant in Pacific City, which closed its doors for the group's party, Swanson said. Later, they moved to another tavern and then another. But the drinking was moderate, Swanson said. It was a night of eating, talking, laughter and a fair amount of walking.
"They had so much vitality in them. They were so much fun," Swanson said.
Swanson last saw the pair and a third friend at about 1:45 a.m. Saturday when they left to walk back to the lodge. It wasn't long after that he watched the ambulances leave Pacific City, but he wouldn't learn the victim's names until morning.
John Shmilenko, Waddle's stepfather, got the notice every parent dreads at 2:30 a.m., when Davis' mother called to say there had been a horrific crash.
The story Shmilenko has pieced together is that Hernandez and Green were part of a group of friends also out on a Friday night. The two left a Pacific City bar, then realizing they'd forgotten a wallet, returned down Resort Drive for it. Waddle and Davis were standing about 100 feet from the small hotel and well off the road, said Shmilenko.
Shmilenko said he was told that Hernandez's mother was one of the first emergency responders to reach the accident.
Waddle learned to ride jet ski as a kid growing up on a floating home in Longview, Shmilenko said. "He followed the freighters up and down by our house and would jump over their wake. "He just got better and better."
One of Waddle's surf riding sponsors, John Dady, recalled Waddle's reactions when he learned that Davis was pregnant. "He was a typical boy. Nothing was going to change him. Then the baby was born. He said, 'I think we're going to get married. This fatherhood thing is pretty cool.' "
The last time Patti Shmilenko saw her only son was Wednesday, when she met Waddle and his son for a half hour at a baby swimming class at the Longview YMCA, said Shmilenko.
"Zach always hugged her and said he loved her, but that day he hugged her twice. He'd never done that before. She was very happy about that."
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08-12-2008, 04:29 AM #9
Walk ends tragically for Longview couple
Tuesday, August 12, 2008 12:15 AM PDT
By Amy M.E. Fischer
Longview resident Greg Minium went to the Nestucca River in Pacific City, Ore., twice on Saturday, trying to make sense of the accident that killed his daughter and daughter’s boyfriend along the riverbank early that morning.
Family, friends and a close-knit group of extreme Jet Skiers are mourning the loss of Longview residents Libby Davis, 26, and Zach Waddle, 25, who leave behind an 11-month-old son, Mason Waddle.
“I had to know what happened. I want to know exactly how Libby and Zach died,” Minium said Monday.
Waddle and Davis left Thursday for a weekend trip to the coastal Oregon town for an annual freestyle Jet Ski fundraiser and get-together, family members say.
Waddle, a 2001 graduate of R.A. Long High School, was a member of the International Freestyle Watercross Association and competed in competitions around the world. He was considered to be among the top 20 competitors in the sport, which involves standing on a Jet Ski and executing tricks such as running up a wave and doing a backwards flip, Minium said. Waddle’s main sponsor was Blosion in Portland.
In Pacific City on Saturday, Waddle and Davis left the River View Lodge resort to take a walk at 2 a.m. They were standing next to Resort Drive when an out-of control Ford Bronco struck them from behind, killing them instantly and knocking them into the Nestucca River, Minium said.
The Bronco also plunged into the water. The SUV’s 22-year-old passenger, Charles Green of Hebo, Ore., escaped the sinking vehicle. The driver, Hebo resident James Hernandez, 22, died underwater despite the efforts of people from a nearby campground to rescue him.
Oregon State Police are investigating the accident. Authorities say speed and alcohol likely contributed to the crash. The Tillamook County Sheriff’s Office did not return phone calls Monday.
While students at R.A. Long High School, Davis and Waddle dated briefly and went to the tolo dance together, Minium said. Davis graduated in 2000 and performed two years of community service in Cowlitz County AmeriCorps before moving to Tacoma, where she worked in childcare and parks and recreation.
After high school, Waddle attended Perry Technical Institute in Yakima and took a job at Georgia-Pacific Wauna Mill in Clatskanie. About two years ago, he and Davis reunited. They had a child together and became a close-knit family, relatives said.
“Zach was a wonderful person. Zach protected Libby,” Minium said. “He provided for her — she didn’t work. ... He made sure his son had everything he needed. ... They were very, very loving parents.”
Minium and his wife, Linda Minium, will raise their grandson now.
The extreme sports online community is buzzing about the accident, expressing shock and grief over the tragic death of a friend and competitor.
To view the blog discussions about Waddle, go to http://x-h2o.com/showthread.php?t=41725
One Jet Ski association has set up a trust-fund bank account for Waddle and Davis’ little boy, said Portland resident Patti Shmilenko, Waddle’s mother. Donations for Mason may be mailed to P.O. Box 931, Longview, WA 98632, she said.
Mercifully, the baby, who will mark his first birthday next week, is too young to understand what happened.
“(Mason) knows something’s going on, I think,” Shmilenko said. “He’s so young that he’s holding up OK.”
But for many others who knew Davis and Waddle, the pain is acute and enduring.
“They were everything to us, to myself and to my husband,” Shmilenko said.
Obituaries and funeral service times for the couple will appear in The Daily News later this week. Arrangements are by Steele Chapel at Longview Memorial Park.
Libby Davis and Zach Waddle cuddle with their son, Mason, last winter. Courtesy photo
08-12-2008, 09:36 PM #10
John Dady from Blowsion sent out a notice on the site for Mason. You will be able to visit it when it is completed later this evening. There are many people who have contributed to this and a warm thank you is extended to all.
Zachs step father is trying to gather the details of the funeral shortly, and tenatively is planned for Friday. There may not be a lot of room avaiable for his memorial service for attendees, so take into consideration the families needs in terms of access.
If you would like to pay your respects, in stead of flowers a contribution in honor of their surviving son Mason would be greatly appreciated. You will be informed of all updates and remember to tell the person next to you how much you appreciate them and love them, make the world a better place.
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