Ore. deputy dies in car crash

Officer Down: Deputy Kelly James Fredinburg - [Gervais, Oregon]

Biographical Info

Age:  n/a
Cause of Death: Automobile accident

Additional Information: Deputy Fredinburg had served with the Marion County Sheriff's Office for 10 months and had previously served with the Polk County Sheriff's Office for 6 years. He is survived by his wife and two daughters.

Incident Details: Deputy Kelly James Fredinburg was killed in a two-vehicle collision while responding to a call for assistance from another agency.

Deputy Fredinburg was driving south on Highway 99E, north of Gervais, with his lights and siren activated when a vehicle traveling north crossed the center line and collided with his patrol car. Deputy Fredinburg's patrol car overturned and caught fire. He succumbed to his injuries at the scene.

One of the three occupants of the other vehicle was also killed.

End of Watch: Saturday, June 16, 2007

Ore. deputy dies in car crash

The Associated Press   

GERVAIS, Ore. — A head-on collision late Saturday night claimed the life of Marion County Sheriff's Deputy Kelly Fredinburg, 33, on Highway 99E north of Gervais, Oregon State Police said.

One of the three occupants of the other vehicle died early Sunday at Oregon Health & Science University.

A preliminary investigation by state police, the Keizer Police Department and the Marion County district attorney's office indicated Fredinburg was southbound with his lights and siren on en route to an assistance call from another agency.

Two northbound vehicles had begun to pull over to the side but a third drove into the southbound lane and the cars collided.

The patrol car overturned and caught fire.

Fredinburg was pronounced dead at the scene. A 19-year-old occupant of the other car died Sunday and another was in critical condition. A third suffered lesser injuries.

Investigators said it has not been determined who was driving the other car.

The identities of the three are being withheld pending further investigation.

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