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Klamath Falls Man Arrested Following Fatal Traffic Crash - Highway 58 near Lane / Klamath County Line
03/17/2011
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A Klamath Falls-area man was arrested Wednesday following a fatal traffic crash involving the van he was driving and a commercial vehicle on Highway 58 about two miles west of the Lane / Klamath County line. Oregon State Police (OSP) troopers are continuing the investigation with the assistance of the Lane County District Attorney's Office. Questions regarding this investigation are to be directed to the District Attorney's Office.
 
According to OSP Sergeant Lang Hinkle, on March 16, 2011 at approximately 3:05 p.m. a 1991 Toyota van driven by SEAN P. O'KELLY, age 27, from Klamath Falls, was eastbound on Highway 58 near milepost 60 negotiating a sweeping left curve on the snow covered highway. The van traveled into the westbound lane where it collided with a westbound 2007 Freightliner truck pulling an empty fuel tanker trailer operated by MARK A. GALBREATH, age 48, from Chemult.
 
A rear seat passenger in the van identified as LEAH R. KENTTA, age 34, from Klamath Falls, was pronounced deceased at the scene.
 
The van's right front passenger, SHERRY L. KIMBOL, age 47, from Klamath Falls, was transported by ambulance to Sacred Heart Medical Center at RiverBend with non-life threatening injuries.
 
O'KELLY was arrested by OSP troopers and lodged in the Lane County Jail for:
  • Manslaughter in the Second Degree
  • Assault in the Second Degree
  • DUII
  • Fail to Register as a Sex Offender
 
He was also cited for Driving While Suspended.
 
GALBREATH was not injured. He was using safety restraints.
 
Safety restraint use by the van occupants is pending confirmation through the ongoing investigation.
 

Highway 58 was restricted to one lane for approximately 5 1/2 hours while OSP Collision Reconstructionists investigated and tows recovered the vehicles. Troopers from the OSP Oakridge office were assisted by ODOT, Oakridge Fire Department, Crescent Fire Department, Springfield Ambulance, as a Lake County Deputy who was traveling through the area.
 

Chris Perosa, Deputy District Attorney
Lane County District Attorney's Office
(541) 682-4261