June 16, 2013
Lieutenant Gregg Hastings
On June 15, 2013 at approximately 1:39 p.m., a 1991 Toyota Camry driven by JON E. NELSON, age 56, from Salem, was westbound on Lake Creek Lane when it failed to stop for a stop sign at the intersection with Highway 99E and was struck in the passenger side by a 1998 Dodge four-door which was southbound on Highway 99E. After impact, both vehicles came to rest in a ditch off the highway. The Dodge caught fire, which was extinguished by responding fire personnel.
The Toyota's right front passenger, LEOPOLDO CABANIZAS CLEMENTE, age 70, from Salem, was pronounced deceased at the scene. NELSON and two female passengers identified as PRIMA NELSON, age 46, and MAXIMA M. CLEMENTE, age 69, were transported to Sacred Heart Medical Center at RiverBend. Two were taken by air ambulance and one by ground ambulance. All are from Salem.
The Dodge's driver, JOHN B. SAW, age 74, and passenger DONNA L. SAW, age 73, both from Albany, were transported by ground ambulance to Good Samaritan Regional Medical Center in Corvallis.
All vehicle occupants were using safety restraints.
OSP troopers from the Albany Area Command office are continuing the investigation. Trooper RayStallsworth is the lead investigator.
OSP was assisted at the scene by Linn County Sheriff's Office, Halsey-Shedd Rural Fire Protection District, Albany Fire Department, Brownsville Fire Department, Harrisburg Fire Department, and ODOT.