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Fatal Traffic Crash - Highway 22W west of Salem
Lieutenant Gregg Hastings
Public Information Officer
Office: (503) 731-3020 ext. 247

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Oregon State Police, working in conjunction with the Polk County District Attorney's Office, is continuing the investigation into Friday afternoon's three vehicle crash on Highway 22W west of Salem that resulted in the death of a 52-year old Dallas-area woman. One driver was taken into custody and is being lodged this morning on multiple charges at Polk County Jail.
Preliminary investigation indicates on November 21, 2008 at approximately 5:20 p.m. a silver 2000 Ford Mustang driven by MARTIN MARTINEZ-AGUILAR, age 27, from Salem, was in the center continuous left turn lane on Highway 22W near the intersection of Oak Grove Road NW near milepost 20. The Ford Mustang attempted to drive from the continuous left turn lane across both eastbound lanes and was struck in the right rear by an eastbound tan 1996 Saturn driven by BARBARA JEAN BIER, age 52, from Dallas.
After the initial impact the Ford Mustang continued onto the right eastbound highway shoulder area. The Saturn veered left into the westbound lanes where it crashed head-on with a westbound white 2004 Ford F150 pickup driven by WILLIAM LEE WIEDENMANN, age 54, from Dallas.
BIER was pronounced deceased at the scene.
WIEDENMANN did not require medical treatment.
MARTINEZ-AGUILAR and an injured unidentified passenger in his car were transported to Salem Hospital.
All involved occupants were using safety restraints.
Working in consultation with the Polk County District Attorney's Office, MARTINEZ-AGUILAR was arrested and is being lodged in the Polk County Jail on the following charges:
  • Criminally Negligent Homicide
  • Driving Under the Influence of Intoxicants – Drugs
  • Assault in the Second Degree
  • Assault in the Fourth Degree
  • Reckless Driving
  • Recklessly Endangering Another Person (2 counts)
Oregon State Police troopers from the Salem Area Command office and an OSP crash reconstructionist are continuing the investigation. Polk County Fire District I, Polk County Sheriff's Office, ODOT and Salem Police Department assisted.
The westbound lanes of Highway 22W were closed for approximately 3 1/2 hours.
No further details regarding the investigation will be released without approval by the Polk County District Attorney's Office.