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News Release
Fatal Crash on Hwy 18-Polk County - 01/24/22

On Saturday, January 22, 2022, at approximately 5:40 PM, Oregon State Police Troopers and emergency personnel responded to a three-vehicle collision on Hwy 18 near milepost 17.

Preliminary investigation revealed a westbound black Mercedes 4D, operated by Gary Young (76) of Naches, Washington, crossed into the eastbound lane and collided with a grey Dodge van, operated by Cheryl Kaesemeyer (49) of Monmouth. After the initial collision a GMC pickup, operated by Jason Foidel (50) of Vancouver, Washington, struck the Dodge van. 

Young sustained fatal injuries and was pronounced deceased. A passenger in the Mercedes, Judy Zazzaro (63) of Naches, Washington was injured and transported to a local hospital. Kaesemeyer and her passenger Raymond Kaesemeyer Jr. (53) were both injured and transported to a local area hospital. Foidel and his passenger, Becky Lindsay (58) of Vancouver, Washington were uninjured. 

Hwy 18 was closed for approximately 4 hours. 

OSP was assisted by Grand Ronde Fire Department, Grand Ronde Police Department and ODOT. 

Hwy 18 was closed for approximately 4 hours. 

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