Day: May 24, 2011

Fire damages home in Clear Lake neighborhood

A housefire damaged a home in north Keizer Tuesday afternoon. Firefighters from Marion County Fire Dist. 1 responded to a structure fire just after 2 p.m. Tuesday, May 24 in the 7700 block of Timothy Lane NE, in the Clear Lake area. Visible flames were coming from the garage and two small attached rooms. The homeowner was home at the time, but no injuries were reported. Firefighters were able to contain the blaze within about 20 minutes. Investigation as to the cause is...

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Mother raises awareness about drowsy driving

By JASON COX Of the Keizertimes It’s hard to imagine a more heartbreaking story: An 18-year-old Keizer man killed by a head injury suffered in a car accident Dec. 6, 2009 outside of Dallas, Ore. The accident resulted when a man, driving drowsy, struck the vehicle Daymon  Wachtler was riding in with 24-year-old Rebecca Dunaway. Dunaway was killed instantly; Daymon died two days later at Good Samaritan Regional Medical Center in Corvallis. Among those he left behind were his fiancé, Lacey Thomas, who six months later would give birth to their daughter, Kaydon. His mother, Deanne, came to the Keizer City Council asking Mayor Lore Christopher to proclaim May 25 – what would be Daymon’s 20th birthday – Drowsy Driving Awareness Day. They had moved to Keizer after Daymon graduated from McKay High School. The statewide statistics are alarming: Some 823 crashes in Oregon for 2009 were attributed to drowsiness and fatigue. And a new study from AAA revealed some one in 10 drivers admitted to falling asleep behind the wheel in the past year, and 41 percent fessed up to snoozing while driving during their lifetime. And the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration estimates drowsy driving causes 1,550 deaths and 71,000 injuries in more than 100,000 accidents each year. The NHTSA also states about one in eight crashes leading to hospitalization are a result of drowsy driving. Deanne said...

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