Logan Kitzhaber apologizes to crash victims, believes collision saved his life, says his crash into a motorhome on the Oregon coast last year was the culmination of a “long, dark emotional path laden with prescription pills,” but that the mistake ultimately saved his life.The former governor’s son, now 19, wrote a letter to the couple he injured when he sideswiped them on U.S. 101 last July Fourth.Kitzhaber apologized to Stanley and Martha Lyckman and said he had no right to endanger their lives. They’ve inspired him to improve himself and help others, he said in the letter, required as part of his plea bargain in the case.”Before the fourth of July, I was a misguided teenager addicted to popping pills with no motivation and no interests outside of drugs,” Kitzhaber said.The crash was a wake-up call that he “desperately needed,” he said. If not for what happened, he believes he would have eventually overdosed on drugs, he said.”When I decided to get behind the wheel, I was making a terrible choice endangering my life and the lives of anybody else that might have happened to be on the road at the time. Unfortunately it was you,” he told the Lyckmans.Read Logan Kitzhaber’s letterRead Martha Lyckman’s victim impact statementKitzhaber vowed to the couple that he would stay out of legal trouble, get an education and avoid drugs. He said he’s glad to have an opportunity to learn from his mistakes.”Nobody deserves what I put you through, and I wish you nothing but the best,” he said. “And to anybody who thinks that driving while inebriated isn’t dangerous, please think before you act. It’s not worth it.”Kitzhaber was sentenced to seven days in jail last month in Lincoln County Circuit Court for third- and fourth-degree assault and driving under the influence of intoxicants. Authorities said the intoxicants were prescription pills. A judge also ordered him to serve five years of probation and undergo drug and alcohol treatment and suspended Kitzhaber’s driver’s license for five years.According to police reports, Kitzhaber was driving a Toyota Prius from Neskowin to Lincoln City to play miniature golf when he hit the motorhome. It was in the oncoming lane as Kitzhaber was passing another car. Other motorists reported Kitzhaber driving erratically before the collision.He admitted to authorities that he drank one beer before driving and smoked marijuana the night before. He told police he couldn’t remember what caused him to crash .Kitzhaber’s mother, Sharon LaCroix, told police on the day of the crash that her son uses marijuana and prescription pills, but she hadn’t seen him using any drugs that day. It’s not clear from police reports or Kitzhaber’s letter what pills he used or where he got them.Kitzhaber’s father is John Kitzhaber, who was just starting his fourth term as state governor in 2015 when he resigned amid a federal investigation into the role his fiancee played in his administration. A resolution has not yet been announced.Martha Lyckman said during the younger Kitzhaber’s sentencing hearing that the crash nearly cost her husband his leg, forced him to relearn to walk and placed a large financial burden on them because of medical costs. They were traveling from their home in Port Angeles, Washington, for a summer vacation on the Oregon coast.
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