June 1, 2013
Lieutenant Gregg Hastings
Public Information Officer
(503) 731-3020 ext 247
Oregon State Police (OSP) is continuing the investigation into Friday evening's single vehicle traffic crash along Lower Klamath Lake Road south of Merrill in Klamath County that resulted in the death of an adult male passenger and non-life threatening injuries to the vehicle's driver.
According to Sergeant Cliff Barden, on May 31, 2013 at approximately 7:28 p.m., a 1988 Chevrolet Metro driven by DONALD MARRON SCHACHTER, age 54, from Keno, was eastbound on Lower Klamath Lake Road near Merrill Pit Road when it traveled off the right shoulder and rolled multiple times. The 54-year old male passenger, LARRY TYREE STANDRIDGE from Merrill, who was not using safety restraints, was ejected from the vehicle and found deceased at the scene when medical personnel arrived.
SCHACHTER was transported by ambulance to Sky Lakes Medical Center with non-life threatening injuries. He was using safety restraints.
Preliminary investigation indicates alcohol is a contributing factor in this fatal crash. OSP is working in conjunction with the Klamath County District Attorney's Office as the investigation continues. Klamath County Fire District #1 and Merrill Police Department assisted at the scene. The road was partially closed for over 6 hours.
OSP reminds drivers that State, county and local police agencies are continuing increased enforcement efforts as part of the "Click It or Ticket" mobilization through June 2. Law enforcement officers are stepping up efforts to encourage vehicle occupants to buckle up, keep impaired drivers off the road, and deter distracted and other dangerous driving.