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Carlton Man Arrested on Manslaughter, DUII Charges in Quadruple Fatal Traffic Crash east of Pendleton
Lieutenant Gregg Hastings
Public Information Officer
Office: (503) 731-3020 ext. 247

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A Carlton-area man is in custody at the Umatilla County Jail on multiple charges following an early Sunday morning crash on Interstate 84 about ten miles east of Pendleton that killed three men and a woman. Oregon State Police (OSP) troopers are continuing the investigation with the assistance of the Umatilla County District Attorney's Office and no more information is being released today.
Preliminary investigation indicates on October 19, 2008 at approximately 12:19 a.m. a 1991 Chevrolet Beretta driven by JESSIE KLIEN, age 29, from Hermiston, was westbound on Interstate 84 near milepost 219 when it was struck from behind by a westbound 1999 Dodge Dakota pickup driven by JOHN COLE CARLGREN, age 46, from Carlton. The preliminary highway area of impact is on the right shoulder. After impact the Chevrolet traveled across the westbound lanes and came to rest on the left shoulder, and the Dodge pickup came to rest on the right shoulder.
KLIEN and his three passengers were pronounced deceased at the scene. The passengers are identified as MICHELLE SAWYER, age 29, from the Lynnwood, Washington area; WILLIAM JOHNSON, age 24, from Hermiston; and, FRED A. YOUNG JR., age 31, from Boardman. Safety restraint use information is not available.
CARLGREN was transported by Umatilla Tribal Fire & Ambulance to St. Anthony Hospital in Pendleton where he was treated and released for minor injuries. OSP troopers then arrested CARLGREN and lodged him in Umatilla County Jail on four counts of Manslaughter in the Second Degree and Driving Under the Influence of Intoxicants. Safety restraint use information is not available.
OSP troopers from the Pendleton Area Command office are continuing the investigation with the assistance of the Umatilla County District Attorney's Office. Questions regarding arraignment time should be directed to the District Attorney's office Monday.
Umatilla Tribal Police Department, Pendleton Fire Department and ODOT assisted. One lane was open during most of the night while investigators were at the scene until they cleared about 8:00 a.m.