Monday, June 5, 2017

Salem Teen Killed in Off Road Vehicle Crash (Photo)


News Release from Marion Co. Sheriff's Office
Posted on FlashAlert: June 5th, 2017 1:33 PM
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Yesterday evening, around 5:40 p.m., deputies were called to the 7000 block of 54th Avenue NE near Salem, after a Yamaha Rhino rolled over in a filbert orchard. When deputies arrived they quickly located the 17 year old male driver and his passenger a 16 year old female.

The driver was transported to the Salem Hospital where he was treated and later released, but tragically the female passenger died at the scene. Deputies identified the passenger as Kate Christofferson, age 17, a junior in high school at Salem Academy. Deputies learned from their investigation that the driver lost control of the vehicle and after slamming on the brakes rolled the utility task vehicle or "UTV" killing Ms. Christofferson instantly.

At the time of the crash neither teen was wearing their safety belts or helmets. Sergeant Todd Moquin of the Traffic Safety Team stated, "This is a tragic incident but a time for us to reflect as a community and ensure that when we are operating off road vehicles that we are utilizing safety precautions like seat belts and helmets." The Sheriff's Office does not intend on taking any action against the driver of the UTV and are treating this incident as a tragic accident.

The Chrisofferson family does not wish to have contact with the media and have asked the Sheriff's Office to act as a liaison for any media inquiries. The thoughts and prayers of the Sheriff's Office are with the Christofferson family and friends.

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