Sunday, 01 October 2023

Oregon crash claims life of respected North Coast musician, sister


NORTH COAST, Calif. – A well-known and respected North Coast musician and his sister died in a vehicle crash in Southern Oregon Tuesday night.

Mark Albert Hansen, 59, of Talmage and his sister, Elise M. Hansen, 45, of Gloucester, Mass., died at the scene of the collision, which occurred on Highway 97 near Crescent, the Oregon State Police said in a Wednesday report.

According to Oregon State Police Sgt. Keith Taylor, at 5:30 p.m. Tuesday Hansen was driving a four-door 1988 Honda Accord northbound on Highway 97 when he lost control on the ice-covered roadway.

Hansen's Honda crossed into the southbound lane and collided with a 2005 Dodge Dakota pickup driven by 47-year-old Lisa Daniel of Post Falls, Idaho, the report said.

Both Mark and Elise Hansen were pronounced dead at the scene. The Oregon State Police said they were both using safety restraints.

The report said Daniel and her 13-year-old daughter, Caitlin M. Brown, both suffered non-life threatening injuries and were transported by ambulance to St. Charles Medical Center in Bend.

Both Daniel and her daughter were using safety restraints and the pickup’s airbags deployed. State police said two dogs in their vehicle survived and were taken by an Oregon State Police trooper to Deschutes County Animal Shelter.

Oregon State Police troopers from Bend, Gilchrist and Klamath Falls offices responded to investigate, the agency said.

Local area emergency responding agencies and the Oregon Department of Transportation assisted at the scene. The roadway was closed for about four hours with a detour in place.

The investigation into the crash is continuing, according to the Oregon State Police report.

A guitarist, Mark Hansen was well known on the local music circuit, and “was one of our favorite musicians here at the Blue Wing,” said the restaurant's owner, Bernie Butcher.

Butcher said Hansen – who he called “a real pro” – had played his last gig at the Blue Wing in Upper Lake on Monday night with a group that included Tom Aiken on keyboards and Paul McCandless on wind instruments.

Editor's note: The official report from the Oregon State Police recorded the first spelling of Hansen's name as “Mark,” however his name appears in various other places as “Marc.” For the purposes of this article, the spelling reported in the crash report was used.

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