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Update: Driver Arrested in Connection with Double Fatal Traffic Crash in Klamath Falls
Edwin Caleb, District Attorney
Klamath County District Attorney's Office
(541) 883-5147

Oregon State Police (OSP) detectives arrested a 22-year old Klamath Falls woman after she was discharged from a local hospital on charges related to a Thursday night double fatal traffic crash in Klamath Falls. OSP troopers and detectives, with the assistance of the Klamath County District Attorney's Office, are continuing the investigation into the alcohol-involved crash that resulted in the death of a Dorris, California couple and critical injuries to their great-grandson.
On September 3, 2010 at 11:30 a.m. OSP Detective John Mogle and Detective Chris Kaber arrested CARRIE AMES, age 22, for two counts of Manslaughter in the First Degree, DUII, Assault in the Second Degree, and Assault in the Third Degree. She was lodged in the Klamath County Jail pending a circuit court arraignment. Questions regarding any court appearances or grand jury hearing should be directed to District Attorney Edwin Caleb at (541) 883-5147.
AMES' arrest is associated with an ongoing OSP investigation into a September 2, 2010 double fatal traffic crash at approximately 7:02 p.m. A 2009 Toyota Corolla driven by AMES was eastbound on the Southside Bypass near Washburn Way when it veered across the center line and collided head-on with a westbound 2000 Dodge Stratus driven by BILLY DON BARTON, age 66, from Dorris, California.
BILLY DON BARTON and his wife, DONNA BARTON, age 62, were pronounced deceased at the scene. Their 6-year old great-grandson, DABA PHILLIPS, also from Dorris, was critically injured. The victims were using safety restraints and the car's airbags deployed. DABA was in a child booster seat in the right rear seating location. He was transported by air ambulance to Doernbecher Children's Hospital in Portland.
AMES and passenger JACKIE MANKINS, age 18, from Klamath Falls, were transported by ground ambulance to Sky Lakes Medical Center with minor injuries. Both were using safety restraints and the car's airbags deployed.
OSP patrol troopers and Criminal Investigations Division detectives from Klamath Falls and Central Point area command offices are continuing the investigation with the assistance of the Klamath County District Attorney's Office.
Klamath County Sheriff's Office, Klamath Falls Police Department, Klamath County Fire District 1, and ODOT assisted at the scene. California Highway Patrol assisted OSP with next of kin notification.
Police officers in Oregon and around the country started stepping up impaired driving enforcement efforts August 20, and are keeping the pressure on through the holiday weekend, September 3 - 6. Coinciding with efforts to remove impaired drivers off the road is a statewide effort running August 30 through September 12 monitoring safety belt usage, with an emphasis on child passengers.
Labor Day holiday-related safety information and reminders were previously provided in a news release sent August 31.