Emergency responders work to get Keven Potts and Connor Campbell out of their mangled car after a crash Feb. 19. (Courtesy Keizer Police Department)

Emergency responders work to get Keven Potts and Connor Campbell out of their mangled car after a crash Feb. 19. (Courtesy Keizer Police Department)

By CRAIG MURPHY
Of the Keizertimes

Two 17-year-old boys from Salem were injured in a one-vehicle crash last Friday afternoon, Feb. 19.

Keven Potts, who had just turned 17 the day before, was driving a 1992 Toyota Camry when he struck a large tree along the road on the 5900 block of Windsor Island Road North shortly after 3 p.m.

Potts’ passenger, Connor Campbell, had serious injuries and underwent surgery at Salem Hospital. Potts had serious but non-life threatening injuries, according to the Keizer Police Department.

According to Facebook pages, both boys attend West Salem High School.

Mark Glyzewski, public relations consultant for the hospital, said on Tuesday afternoon Campbell had been updated to fair condition. Potts was released from the hospital on Saturday.

Potts’ mother, Theresa, posted on Facebook Tuesday afternoon her son had a broken arm, a concussion and staples in his scalp, while Campbell was still recovering from surgery but was in good spirits.

Jeff Kuhns, deputy chief with the KPD, said it was a one-vehicle accident with the cause still under investigation as of Tuesday afternoon.

The Marion County CRASH Team responded to the scene. KPD officers were assisted by the Oregon State Police and the Marion County Sheriff’s Office.

There was rain off and on Feb. 19, but it’s not clear if it was raining at the crash scene at the time. Windsor Island Road was re-opened to traffic shortly before 8 p.m.

Anyone with information or who may have seen the crash can call officer Eric Jefferson at 503-390-3713 ext. 3477.

Word of the accident spread in the hours afterwards, including on the KPD’s Facebook page. Around 1:30 a.m. Monday, Keven Potts responded to some of the speculation on that page.

In response to speculation careless driving was involved, Potts posted at 1:30 a.m., “Hey why don’t you look at the condition of the road way before you make assumptions.”

Potts also responded to another person who speculated the teenager was either texting or on the phone.

“How about you figure out what actually happened before making assumption that makes teenagers look bad,” Potts posted at 1:28 a.m. “Adults are on there (sic) phones more then (sic) teenagers when they are behind the wheel. So…just be happy my friend and I are okay.”