On-Duty DEA Agent Identified as Driver in Fatal Oregon Crash

At approximately 3:45 p.m. on Tuesday, March 28, Salem Police patrol officers responded to the scene of a traffic collision involving a bicyclist and the driver of a pick-up truck at the intersection of Leslie and High Street.

The preliminary investigation by the Salem Police Traffic Team revealed the bicyclist was riding southbound on High St approaching Leslie St when the driver of the truck traveling eastbound on Leslie St entered the intersection and crossed the bicyclist’s path of travel, resulting in a collision.

The bicyclist, 53-year-old Marganne Allen, suffered critical injuries and was transported to Salem Health where she later died.

The driver of the pick-up truck, Samuel Landis, age 37, was not injured. He remained on scene and is cooperating with the investigation.

Landis is a special agent with the US Drug Enforcement Administration and was on duty at the time of the collision.

No Salem Police employees were present at the time of the crash; however, the two agencies have a long-established partnership through a task force. Due to those circumstances, the Salem Police Department has requested the Keizer Police Department lead the investigation.

No citations have been issued or arrest made as the Traffic Team’s investigation into the collision continues. Authorities say no other details are available for release at this time.

Source: SPD

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