Police: Impaired driving results in fatal crash in Southern Oregon
KLAMATH COUNTY -- A fatal crash that closed US 97 near milepost 256 Friday afternoon has resulted in manslaughter and third degree assault charges, Oregon State Police in Klamath County said.
Police say Dodge Ram pickup, driven by 22-year-old Austin Haynes of Chiloquin, was southbound when it crossed into the northbound lane into the path of a Ford Aerostar van driven by 57-year-old Melquiadez Ibarra of Klamath Falls.
Police say Haynes was not injured as a result of the crash. Ibarra sustained minor injuries and was transported by ground ambulance to an area hospital for treatment. A female passenger in the van, 66-year-old Terry Kirwan of Klamath Falls, was deceased at the scene, police said. She was riding in the right front passenger seat, the report said.
Police say Haynes displayed signs of impairment and performed voluntary standardized field sobriety tests. He was arrested and lodged in the Klamath County Jail for Manslaughter, Reckless Endangering, Assault III and Driving While Under the Influence of Intoxicants.
US 97 was closed and traffic diverted for over five hours while troopers investigated the crash scene. Oregon Department of Transportation and Chiloquin Fire Department assisted at the scene.
Next of kin has been notified. The investigation is ongoing.
OSP is asking witnesses to the crash who haven't been interviewed to contact the Oregon State Police Southern Regional Dispatch Center (SCC) at 541-883-5711.