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Vale Man Arrested Following Fatal Traffic Crash - Highway 26 northwest of Vale
Lieutenant Richard Pillegi
Oregon State Police - Ontario
(541) 889-6469

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An 89-year old Vale, Oregon man was arrested Tuesday night by Oregon State Police (OSP) on manslaughter and DUII charges following a two vehicle fatal head-on crash on Highway 26 just west of Jamison in northern Malheur County.
On September 29, 2009 at approximately 8:10 p.m. a 1988 Ford F150 pickup occupied by DAVID MESSER, age 60, from Brogan, was stopped facing westbound near the eastbound shoulder fog line with hazard lights activated on Highway 26 near milepost 259. A 1990 Ford pickup driven by WARREN EDWARDS, age 89, from Vale, was eastbound and collided into the right front section of the stopped pickup.
MESSER was pronounced deceased at the scene.
EDWARDS refused medical treatment and was subsequently arrested by OSP for Manslaughter in the Second Degree and DUII. He was also cited for No Operators License and Possession of an Open Container of Alcoholic Beverage in a Vehicle. EDWARDS was lodged in the Malheur County Jail.
Safety restraint use information is pending confirmation.
OSP troopers from the Ontario Area Command office are continuing the investigation with the assistance of Malheur County District Attorney's Office.
Malheur County Sheriff's Office, Vale Ambulance and ODOT assisted at the scene.