Around 7 o'clock Friday night, 18-year-old Cayden Fitch was driving and his father, 43-year-old Bryan Fitch was a passenger in their Ford Ranger pickup. They were on Highway 22 about three miles west of Dallas when Cayden passed a vehicle. They collided with a Toyota RAV4 driven by 69-year-old Michael Moylett. Both drivers were killed.
Bryan Fitch and Moylett's wife, 61-year-old Estella Moylett were hospitalized.
OSP troopers from the Salem and McMinnville offices are investigating along with collision reconstructionists from OSP and Keizer Police Department. OSP requested Keizer Police Department provide the crash reconstruction report to the District Attorney's office when completed. The Polk County District Attorney and Polk County Medical Examiner responded to the scene.
The highway was closed for about six hours with a detour in place provided by ODOT.
"We speak often publicly about how families and friends are affected by motor vehicle collisions and that lives are forever impacted," said Superintendent Richard Evans. "Friday evening, two families and our Department are sadly experiencing such a loss. Please keep both families in your thoughts and prayers."