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Good Samaritan, Injured Pedestrian Struck and Seriously Injured - Highway 97 south of Klamath Falls
Lieutenant Gregg Hastings
Public Information Officer
(503) 731-3020 ext. 247

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Oregon State Police (OSP) is continuing the investigation into Monday morning's traffic crash south of Klamath Falls that seriously injured a pedestrian and Good Samaritan who stopped to help. The driver of other vehicle was treated and released for minor injuries and then arrested by OSP on numerous charges. OSP is asking to speak to anyone who may have information to help in this investigation.
According to Sergeant Robert Fenner, on December 19, 2011 at approximately 5:05 a.m. a GMC pickup stopped along the northbound shoulder of Highway 97 near milepost 284 and its driver, JEFFREY W. QUIGLEY, age 47, from Grenada, California got out to help an injured pedestrian. While outside of the GMC pickup, a northbound Ford Ranger pickup driven by CHET M. NEWELL, age 20, from Klamath Falls, crashed into the back of the GMC pickup.
The impact forced the GMC pickup forward, hitting QUIGLEY and rolling over the injured pedestrian identified as ROBERT D. GLEN, age 19, from Klamath Falls, causing further injuries.
GLEN and QUIGLEY were transported by ambulance to Sky Lakes Medical Center in Klamath Falls with serious injuries.
A 51-year old male passenger in the GMC pickup was not injured.
NEWELL was transported by ambulance to Sky Lakes Medical Center with minor injuries. He was not using safety restraints. After being treated and released, NEWELL was arrested by OSP troopers and lodged in the Klamath County Jail on the following charges:
  • Assault in the Second Degree (2 counts)
  • Recklessly Endangering Another Person (3 counts)
  • Reckless Driving
  • Driving Under the Influence of Intoxicants (Alcohol)
OSP troopers from the Klamath Falls Area Command office are continuing the investigation into the crash, including the circumstances surrounding how GLEN was initially injured.
Anyone with information regarding this investigation is asked to call Trooper Craig Rice at (541) 883-5713 ext. 319.
OSP was assisted at the scene by Klamath County Sheriff's Office, Klamath County Fire District One, Kingsley Field Fire Department, and ODOT. Highway 97 at the scene was closed about five hours with a detour established for traffic to get around the area.