Early Morning Crash sends one to Hospital

Marion Co. Sheriff's Office - 04/21/18 

Marion County Sheriff's Deputies responded to a crash involving several vehicles near Elma Av SE and Marht Av SE in Salem.  Deputies responded to the call at 4:51 AM and arrived within 5 minutes of the call to find one vehicle with significant damage in the yard of a residence and two other vehicles possibly involved.
The details as to what exactly occurred are still under investigation but initial information is the black Ford Explorer (pictured) was traveling east on Marht, went through the intersection at Elma and collided with a black Toyota pickup.  It appears there were two people in the Ford and one person in the Toyota.  The Marion County Sheriff's Office CRASH Team is on scene assisting deputies.  One person involved in the crash, a 16 year old male, was transported by ambulance to Salem Hospital with significant and potentially life threatening injuries.  The driver of one of the vehicles was contacted away from the crash scene a short time after deputies arrived.
Deputies believe speed was at least partially at cause of the accident.  The CRASH Team will be on scene for several more hours which will create delays in and around the accident scene until they have completed the investigation.  The Sheriff's Office is asking commuters to avoid this are for the next several hours.
No names will be released at this time until family members have been notified.  This release will be updated once the CRASH Team is able to determine additional information.

Scene photograph


  1. The Sheriff's Office CRASH Team has cleared the scene and the roads are now open. The CRASH is still under investigation but the driver of the Black Ford Explorer, a 16 year old male from Salem, has been lodged at the Marion County Juvenile Detention Center on charges of Assault 2, Reckless Driving and Felony Hit and Run.

    The passenger of the Black Ford Explorer is also a 16 year old male from Salem and he has been transfered to a Portland Hospital with serious injuries. We will not be releasing either of the 16 year olds names or giving further medical information.

    The Black Explorer was traveling at a speed and manner that was reckless east on Marht Av SE and ran into the Black Toyota as well as two other parked cars. The exact speed is unknown at this time but will be determined later by the CRASH Team. The driver of the Toyota has been identified as 26 year old Josue Amezquita Fonseca of Salem. Mr Amezquita Fonseca was taken to the Salem Hospital by family with minor injuries.

    No further details are available at this time.


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