Logan Kitzhaber tested positive for marijuana, two prescription medications and another medication the day he sideswiped a motorhome last summer and sent two people to the hospital.

Kitzhaber’s urine sample contained marijuana, an amphetamine commonly found in Adderall, a metabolite of Xanax, and methorphan, which is found in cough suppressants, according to an Oregon State Police analytical report, obtained by the Statesman Journal via a public records request, There was no sign of alcohol.

On July 4, 2016, Kitzhaber, the son of former Gov. John Kitzhaber, was driving to Lincoln City to play mini-golf. 

He told a paramedic he drank a beer before getting in his car to drive to Lincoln City. He also told authorities that he smoked marijuana the night before the crash, according to court records. 

Stanley Lyckman and Martha Lyckman, a Port Angeles, Washington couple in their 60s, were just beginning their summer vacation. Martha had just retired to take a three-month trip with her husband in their motorhome. 

“I had many plans of hiking, camping and taking vacations,” Martha wrote in a victim impact letter. “We had never before taken an extended vacation, so our trip down the Oregon Coast was meant to be a vacation of a lifetime.”

“Obviously, that experience was taken from us.”

The couple was driving northbound on U.S. 101 near Devil’s Lake Road when Kitzhaber’s car suddenly swerved into their lane. Witnesses told police it looked like he was attempting to pass another vehicle. 

The 18-year-old son of former Oregon Gov. John Kitzhaber has been critically injured in a car crash at the Oregon Coast. (Photo: Oregon State Police)

Kitzhaber’s car spun around and came to rest on the side of the road. The motorhome rolled over.

Martha described the “sound of shattering glass and crunching metal before shards of exploding vehicles battered our bodies.”

Martha said she thought she and her husband were going to die.

Martha and Stanley were rushed to the hospital with non-life-threatening injuries. Stanley suffered the worst injuries, she said. His ankle was shattered, and his leg was broken. 

An investigator said Kitzhaber kept asking repetitive questions after the crash. He did not know where he was or what had happened. 

Kitzhaber, then 18, was flown by medical helicopter to Oregon Health and Science University with cuts to his face and an injured leg. 

OSP troopers did not perform a field sobriety test due to his injuries. They later learned two of his friends did not want to ride in his car because of “what he already used and his bad driving,” according to incident reports.

OSP troopers obtained a search warrant for his blood and urine samples. 

A report issued on Aug. 9, 2016, confirmed the presence of marijuana and controlled substances in his urine sample. 

Kitzhaber was arrested in October and charged with DUI, reckless driving, criminal mischief, four counts of assault and two counts of reckless endangerment. A grand jury indicted Kitzhaber, and a warrant was issued for his arrest.

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He was held on $150,000 bail before being released.

In her letter, Martha wrote that her husband is still struggling to walk and regain mobility. She said she is afraid of driving more than 15 miles from home.

“…we write this letter so that Logan will understand and recognize the wide-reaching consequences his decisions have upon the lives of others.”

In March, Kitzhaber pleaded guilty to DUI, third-degree assault and fourth-degree assault. 

He was sentenced to seven days in jail and five years probation. His driver’s license was suspended for five years, he was ordered to attended drug and alcohol counseling and required to complete a victim impact panel. 

Upon the successful completion of his probation, his felony assault count could be reduced to a misdemeanor. 

In a letter to the Lyckmans, Kitzhaber wrote that before the crash, he was a “misguided teenager addicted to popping pills, with no motivation and no interests outside of drugs.”

He apologized to the couple but added that he knew an apology wasn’t sufficient for the amount of damage and pain he caused. 

“This wreck was the culmination of my journey down a long, dark emotional path laden with prescription pills,” he wrote. 

He said, in a way, the crash saved his life and served as a wake-up call. He knew he had to change or he would wind up in jail or dead from an overdose. He said he was grateful he had the opportunity to change. 

“Nobody deserves what I put you through, and I wish you nothing but the best,” he said.

Kitzhaber ended his letter with a warning to others.

“And to anybody who thinks that driving while inebriated isn’t dangerous, please think before you act,” he wrote. “It’s not worth it.”

For questions, comments and news tips, email reporter Whitney Woodworth at wmwoodwort@statesmanjournal.com, call 503-399-6884 or follow on Twitter @wmwoodworth

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