Fritz passenger dies from I-5 crash injuries

Cary Marie Fairchild was 64

Cary Fairchild in an undated photo tweeted by Portland City Commissioner Amanda Fritz. Fairchild, 64, died from injuries sustained in a Sept. 24 crash that killed Dr. Steven Fritz. (Courtesy)
Cary Fairchild in an undated photo tweeted by Portland City Commissioner Amanda Fritz. Fairchild, 64, died from injuries sustained in a Sept. 24 crash that killed Dr. Steven Fritz. (Courtesy)

SALEM, Ore. (KOIN 6) — Cary Marie Fairchild, who was riding in the car with Dr. Steven Fritz when a chain reaction crash on I-5 happened September 24, died Saturday.

Fairchild, 64, worked at Oregon State Hospital with Fritz, the husband of Portland City Commissioner Amanda Fritz. They were driving from Portland to work in Salem when the accident happened.

Fritz, 54, died at the scene.

A truck involved in the Interstate 5 crash that killed Dr. Steven Fritz, husband of Portland City Commissioner Amanda Fritz, being towed away Sept. 24, 2014. (KOIN 6)
A truck involved in the Interstate 5 crash that killed Dr. Steven Fritz, husband of Portland City Commissioner Amanda Fritz, being towed away Sept. 24, 2014. (KOIN 6)

Fairchild was rushed to Salem Hospital for treatment. She remained there until she succumbed to her injuries, the Oregon State Police said October 4.

In a tweet Saturday, Amanda Fritz posted a picture and wrote, “Cary Fairchild, beautiful and beloved.”

Authorities said a 53-year-old Salem man was driving a pickup on I-5 during a heavy rain when the crash happened shortly before 8 a.m. that day.

His pickup, headed north, hit the left side of a tanker-trailer, crossed over the center median and smashed into the car Fritz and Fairchild were in on the southbound side. Two other southbound pickups were also involved in the crash, authorities said.

The investigation into the crash continues. Preliminary indications are that drugs and alcohol were not factors, and no citations have been issued at this time.

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