PORTLAND, Ore. (KOIN) — The son of an Oregon State Police trooper and another man died in a head-on collision that also injured the OSP trooper and another woman.
The crash happened just after 7 p.m. on Highway 22 west of Van Well Road, not far from Dallas, Oregon State Police said in a release. A Ford Ranger was passing another car and hit a Toyota RAV 4 head-on, killing the drivers of each.
Cayden Thomas Fitch, 18, was driving the Ranger and died at the scene. His father, trooper Bryan Fitch, was a passenger in the pickup and was seriously hurt. He was off-duty at the time of the crash.
The driver of the Toyota, Michael Joseph Moylett, also died at the scene. He was 69. His wife, 61-year-old Estella Moylett, was also seriously injured.
The Moyletts are from Gresham. The Fitches are from Lincoln City. Trooper Fitch is a crash scene investigator and is assigned to the Newport Area Command office.
Cayden Fitch was a senior at Taft High School in Lincoln City. Grief counselors will be available at the school Monday to help students.
That area of Highway 22 is a two-lane road and was closed for six hours during the investigation. The cause of the crash remains under investigation.
“We speak often publicly about how families and friends are affected by motor vehicle collisions and that lives are forever impacted,” OSP Superintendent Richard Evans said in a statement. “Friday evening, two families and our Department are sadly experiencing such a loss. Please keep both families in your thoughts and prayers.”