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Update: Second Person Dies Following December 6th Fatal Traffic Crash near Dallas
12/09/2009
Lieutenant Gregg Hastings
Public Information Officer
(503) 731-3020 ext. 247

A second person has died following a Sunday night head-on crash on Highway 223 near Dallas in Polk County. The second victim, DAMON WACHTLER, age 18, from Keizer, was a passenger in the car whose driver also died. Oregon State Police (OSP) troopers are continuing the investigation.
 
According to OSP Sergeant Corey Simons, on December 6, 2009 at approximately 8:34 p.m. a 1994 Hyundai Excel driven by REBECCA DUNAWAY, age 24, from Salem, was eastbound on Highway 223 near milepost 3 when it was struck head-on by a westbound 2002 Dodge Durango driven by BARRETT OVERHOFF, age 27, from Dallas, that had crossed the double solid centerline.
 
DUNAWAY was pronounced deceased at the scene. The Hyundai passenger, DAMON WACHTLER, age 18, from Keizer, was critically injured and flown by REACH air ambulance to Good Samaritan Hospital in Corvallis. OSP was notified that WACHTLER died from his injuries. Both were using safety restraints.
 
OVERHOFF was transported by ambulance to Salem Hospital with serious injuries. Passengers JENNIFER DOBBINS, age 33, from Dallas, and a 3-year old girl, were also transported to Salem Hospital with serious injuries. DOBBINS was using safety restraints, and the child, whose name is not available for this release, was in a child safety seat. The Dodge's airbags did deploy.
 
OSP troopers from the Salem Area Command office are continuing the investigation into the cause of the crash. Alcohol is not believed to be a contributing factor.
 
Polk County Sheriff's Office, Dallas Fire Department, SW Polk Rural Fire District and ODOT assisted at the scene.
 
The highway was closed about 3 1/2 hours.