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Driver Arrested Following Fatal Traffic Crash - Highway 221 north of Salem
Lieutenant Gregg Hastings
Public Information Officer
(503) 731-3020 ext. 247

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Oregon State Police (OSP) troopers are continuing the investigation into Monday evening's three vehicle fatal traffic crash on Highway 221 (Wallace Road NW) two miles north of Salem near milepost 17 in Polk County. One person died, four others were injured, and one driver was arrested on multiple charges.
According to OSP Sergeant Bob Charpentier, on March 22, 2010 at approximately 7:30 p.m. a 2008 Ford pickup driven by DAVID DON PALLETT, age 49, from Amity, was northbound on Highway 221 at milepost 17 when it crossed the centerline and crashed head-on into a southbound 1994 Toyota Corolla four-door driven by CARLEEN CHENOWITH, age 20, from McMinnville. The pickup then veered into the passenger side of a southbound 2003 Chevrolet Malibu whose driver was attempting to avoid the collision. The pickup pushed the Chevrolet into the ditch and came to a stop on top of it.
The Chevrolet's driver, ALAN J. OLSON, age 58, from Salem, was pronounced deceased at the scene.
PALLETT was not injured. OSP troopers arrested and lodged him at the Polk County Jail for:
  • Manslaughter in the Second Degree
  • DUII
  • Reckless Driving
  • Assault in the Second Degree
  • Assault in the Fourth Degree (3 counts)
  • Recklessly Endangering Another Person (5 counts)
CARLEEN CHENOWITH and her three passengers were transported by ambulance to Salem
Hospital with non-life threatening injuries. The passengers are identified as KAMIE CHENOWITH, age 33; ANDREA CHENOWITH, age 4; and, HANNAH CHENOWITH, age 5, all from McMinnville.
All were using safety restraints or child safety seat.
OSP troopers from the Salem Area Command office are continuing the investigation with the assistance of the Polk County District Attorney's Office.
Polk County Sheriff's Office, Salem Fire Department, Spring Valley Fire Department, and ODOT assisted at the scene. Highway 221 was closed about six hours.