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Fatal Traffic Crash; Driver Arrested - Interstate 5 / Siskiyou Pass
09/26/2008
Sergeant Tanya Henderson
Oregon State Police - Central Point
Office: (541) 776-6114

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Oregon State Police (OSP) arrested a California commercial truck driver Thursday night related to an ongoing fatal traffic crash investigation that led to the death of another truck driver who was struck while outside of his parked commercial truck on the northbound shoulder of Interstate 5 about four miles north of the Oregon / California border of the Siskiyou Pass.
 
OSP Lieutenant Brian Powers reported this morning that DANIEL CLAREY, age 54, from Long Beach, California, was lodged in Jackson County Jail for Criminally Negligent Homicide, Driving Under the Influence of Drugs, and Unlawful Possession of a Controlled Substance - Methamphetamine.
 
The arrest stemmed from an investigation that started earlier on the afternoon of September 25, 2008 at approximately 3:38 p.m. KELLY LINHART, age 52, from Blodgett, Oregon had stopped his 2005 Volvo commercial truck and semi-trailer off the northbound shoulder of Interstate 5 near milepost 4 and was outside of his vehicle examining the truck and trailer. As LINHART was walking toward the front of the truck, a northbound 1996 Freightliner truck driven by CLAREY struck the semi-trailer's left rear side and glanced along the side of the trailer and truck. LINHART apparently attempted to move out from the front of the truck and was struck by the Freightliner. LINHART was pronounced deceased at the scene.
 
CLAREY was not injured.
 
OSP troopers from the Central Point Area Command office, with the assistance of the Serious Traffic Accident Reduction (STAR) interagency team, are continuing the investigation. The STAR team is comprised of representatives from OSP, Jackson County District Attorney's Office, Jackson County Sheriff's Office, Medford Police Department and Ashland Police Department.
 
Questions regarding a court appearance should be directed to the Jackson County District Attorney's Office.
 
ODOT and Ashland Towing assisted at the scene. The right lane and shoulder on the northbound side of Interstate 5 was closed about 4 1/2 hours.