Release: Fatal crash on Highway 219 in Marion County

From Oregon State Police, Monday, Nov. 1, 9:13 a.m.

On October 30, 2021, at approximately 4:41 P.M., Oregon State Police Troopers and emergency personnel responded to a three-vehicle crash on Highway 219 at Champoeg Road NE. 

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Preliminary investigation revealed an Acura MDX, operated by Judee Fehsenfeld (62) of Wilsonville, was southbound on Hwy 219 and stopped just south of the intersection with Champoeg Road NE. After a brief stop, Fehsenfeld attempted to re-enter Hwy 219 when she collided with a southbound BMW K16 motorcycle, operated by H. Steven Sorensen (78) of Scio and passenger Joanne De May (77) of Salem. The collision between Fehsenfeld and Sorensen sent the motorcycle out of control into the northbound lane of Hwy 219 where it was struck by a northbound Kia Sorrento operated by Traci Holmes (58) of McMinnville.

Both Sorensen and De May sustained fatal injuries and were pronounced deceased. Holmes and her two passengers, Marla Robertson (67) and Beverly Lane (84) both of McMinnville, were all transported to a local hospital with minor injuries. Fehsenfeld was not injured.

Highway 219 was closed for approximately 4.5 hours.

OSP was assisted by St. Paul Fire and Medics, Marion County Sheriff’s Office, and ODOT.

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