Council asks for solutions at site of fatal crash

A collision at the intersection of Clearlake Road Northeast and River Road North killed a 39-year-old Sheridan woman on July 28.

A fatal crash at the intersection of River Road Northeast and Clear Lake Road Northeast is prompting action on the part of the Keizer City Council. 

“This is a known dangerous spot and we want to encourage Marion County to look at solutions, short term and long term, to a make it a safer intersection. We want to encourage action sooner rather than later,” said Mayor Cathy Clark at a council meeting Monday, Aug. 3. 

Clark gained a nod from city councilors to write a letter to the Marion County Area Transportation Commission and deliver it to a meeting planned Thursday, Aug. 6. 

About 5:20 p.m. on Tuesday, July 28, a Ford Taurus and Ford F-150 collided at the intersection killing the female driver of the Taurus. She was later identified as Jaqueline Cavero Chavarry, 39, of Sheridan. 

During an investigation, Marion County Sheriff’s Office deputies learned the Ford Taurus had been traveling eastbound on Clear Lake Road NE prior to the crash. The driver of the Ford Taurus is believed to have failed to stop at a stop sign prior to entering the intersection where it was struck by the Ford F-150 which was traveling southbound.

Chavarry was pronounced dead at the scene, two passengers in the Taurus and the driver of the F-150 were taken to Salem Hospital with non-life threatening injuries. 

“There have been fatal crashes there before. [The intersection] has some serious line-of-sight issues and some serious alignment issues,” Clark said.