June 4, 2013
Lieutenant Gregg Hastings
Initial investigation to this point indicates on June 1, 2013 at approximately 4:45 p.m., a 2007 Dodge Caliber four-door driven by TEDDY STEVEN GITTS, age 59, from Canby, was southbound on S. Meridian Road. As the Dodge moved across Highway 211 it was struck in the driver's side by a 2003 Dodge pickup driven by LENNIS E. ROBINSON, age 56, from Molalla, that was traveling westbound on Highway 211. After impact, the Dodge Caliber spun into the eastbound lane where it collided with a 2009 Ford pickup driven by JOHN L. GUBEL, age 62, from Keizer.
TEDDY GITTS and his passenger DEBORAH GITTS were seriously injury and transported by LifeFlight to separate hospitals. TEDDY GITTS was taken to Oregon Health & Science University and DEBORAH GITTS was to Legacy Emanuel Medical Center where she died June 3. TEDDY GITTS remains in critical condition. Both were using safety restraints. A dog in their vehicle was ejected and found dead at the scene.
No other injuries were reported.
OSP troopers from the Portland Area Command office are continuing the investigation. Trooper Ted Moison is the lead investigator.
The intersection is controlled by stop signs for traffic on S. Meridian Road. The highway was closed until about 11:00 p.m. with a detour in place.
Clackamas County Sheriff's Office, Monitor Fire District, and Woodburn Fire Department assisted at the scene.