Steve Prefontaine Died In Car Crash, On May 30, 1975, returning from a party, Prefontaine was driving on Skyline Boulevard, east of the University of Oregon campus near Hendricks Park when his orange 1973 MGB convertible swerved into a rock wall and flipped, trapping Prefontaine underneath it. A nearby resident was first on the scene and reported he found Prefontaine flat on his back, still alive but pinned beneath the wreck.
By the time medics arrived, he was pronounced dead. It had been reported that his blood alcohol concentration was 0.16 by the Eugene Police Department, however the accuracy of reported value is disputed by some other testing procedures.
Prefontaine is buried at Sunset Memorial Park in his hometown, Coos Bay.