One dead in 3-car accident

WEST SALEM -- One person was killed, and four others injured, in a three-car collision in Northwest Salem on Monday, March 22.



WEST SALEM -- One person was killed, and four others injured, in a three-car collision in Northwest Salem on Monday, March 22.

One of the drivers, David Don Pallett, 49, of Amity was arrested on charges of manslaughter and driving under the influence of intoxicants, Oregon State Police Sergeant Bob Charpentier said. Pallett was lodged at Polk County Jail.

The incident occurred at about 7:30 p.m., as Pallett was traveling northbound on Highway 221 (Wallace Road) near milepost 17, Charpentier said.

Pallett crossed the center line and crashed head-on into a southbound 1994 Toyota Corolla driven by Carleen Chenowith, 20, of McMinnville.

Pallett then veered into the passenger side of a southbound Chevrolet Malibu, driven by Alan Olson, 58, of Salem as Olson attempted to avoid the collision, Charpentier said.

The pickup pushed the Malibu into a ditch and came to a stop on top of it.

Olson was pronounced dead at the scene. Chenowith and her three passengers -- one adult and two small children -- were transported by ambulance to Salem Hospital with nonlife threatening injuries.

Pallett was not injured. He was arrested, charged with the two aforementioned crimes, as well as reckless driving, assault in the second- and fourth degree, and five counts of recklessly endangering another person.

OSP and Polk County District Attorney's Office are continuing an investigation of the crash, which shut down Highway 221 for six hours.



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