Linn County Sheriff Tim Mueller reportsdeputies are investigating a fatal motor vehicle crash that occurred yesterday afternoon at about 4:45 pm at the intersection of Diamond Hill Drive and Powerline Road east of Harrisburg.
The driver of the 1990 Geo Prism, 52 year old Kenneth Kirkpatrick of Shedd died at the hospital.
Mr. Kirkpatrick’s vehicle was traveling west on Diamond Hill Drive when it was struck by a 2008 Toyota Sienna van which was traveling northbound on Powerline Road. The van was driven by 38 year old Glenda Boundy of Corvallis. Preliminary investigation indicates Ms. Boundy failed to stop her van at the stop sign at the intersection of Powerline Road and Diamond Hill Drive. The van hit the Geo in the driver side door and the force of the impact carried both vehicles off the roadway to the northwest corner of the intersection which also caused Mr. Kirkpatrick’s vehicle to strike a power pole which was also in the northwest corner.
Alcohol and speed do not appear to be a factor in the crash.
Medics and firefighters from the Harrisburg Fire Department responded to the scene and had to extricate Mr. Kirkpatrick from his vehicle. A REACH Air Medical Services helicopter transported him to Sacred Heart River Bend Hospital in Springfield, where he later died. Occupants of the Toyota van, Ms. Boundy and two adult females received minor injuries and were taken by private vehicle to Good Samaritan Hospital in Corvallis where they were treated and released. Additionally, there, were two young children in the van, both in car seats that suffered no reported injuries.
The crash remains under investigation by the Multi-Agency Accident Investigation Team. The team is made up of personnel from the Linn County Sheriff’s Office, the Oregon State Police, and the Albany, Lebanon and Sweet Home Police Departments.