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Cayden Thomas Fitch, 18, Michael Joseph Moylett, 69, killed, Bryan Fitch, 43, Estella Moylett, 61, seriously injured after a pickup and SUV collide head-on on Highway 22 near Dallas, Oregon

Modified Date: 
Mon, 06/01/2015 - 4:02pm
Accident Date: 
Thursday, April 3, 2014

Taft High senior, Eagle Scout killed in car crash.

Taft High 7-12 senior Cayden Thomas Fitch, who recently was honored as an Eagle Scout and was bound for the U.S. Navy upon graduation, was killed Friday in a head-on traffic accident on Highway 22 about three miles west of Dallas.
Taft High 7-12 senior Cayden Thomas Fitch, who recently was honored as an Eagle Scout and was bound for the U.S. Navy upon graduation, was killed Friday in a head-on traffic accident on Highway 22 about three miles west of Dallas. According to Oregon State Police (OSP), Fitch, 18, was driving a 1995 Ford Ranger pickup with his passenger/father, Bryan Fitch, 43, an OSP trooper out of Newport Area Command who was off duty when the crash occurred. Cayden Fitch was pronounced dead at the scene. His father was transported by ambulance to Salem Hospital with serious injuries. Also announced deceased at the scene was Michael Joseph Moylett, 69, the driver of a 2011 Toyota RAV4 sports utility vehicle. His passenger/wife, Estella Moylett, 61 of Gresham. suffered serious injuries and transported to Salem, OSP said. Bryan Fitch remained in serious condition Sunday morning, while Estella Moylett was listed in good condition, a Salem Health spokesman said. Fitch was honored in March with the highest rank a Boy Scout can achieve during a ceremony at The Eventuary. He was to enter the Navy in August with an instant promotion to the rank of E3, two steps above the normal entry position, due to his Eagle ranking. The promotion would have meant more pay and responsibility. With an interest in electronics, math and science, Fitch, who was employed at the Lincoln City Safeway, was to become an advanced computer field technician. "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. "Friday evening, two families and our department are sadly experiencing such a loss. Please keep both families in your thoughts and prayers." According to OSP, on April 4, at approximately 7:04 p.m., OSP Northern Command Center dispatch received information from Polk County 9-1-1 of a two vehicle head-on crash on Highway 22 near milepost 10 west of Van Well Road. OSP troopers, Polk County Sheriff's Office and Dallas Fire & Rescue responded to the scene and confirmed a head-on crash occurred between a 1995 Ford Ranger pickup and a 2011 Toyota RAV 4 sport utility vehicle. Both vehicles contained two occupants. Preliminary scene investigation indicates the Ford pickup was traveling eastbound when it pulled into the westbound lane to pass a vehicle and collided head-on with the Toyota RAV4. The area where the crash occurred is a two lane highway. The pickup came to rest across the center of the highway. The sport utility vehicle came to rest off the north side of the highway in bushes and trees. All involved occupants were using safety restraints and both vehicles' airbags deployed. OSP troopers from the Salem and McMinnville offices are investigating, along with collision reconstructionists from OSP and Keizer Police Department. OSP requested Keizer Police Department provide the crash reconstruction report to the District Attorney's office when completed. The Polk County District Attorney and Polk County Medical Examiner responded to the scene. The highway was closed for about six hours with a detour in place provided by ODOT.
Type: Car Accident
People Involved: 
Cayden Thomas Fitch
Michael Joseph Moylett
Bryan Fitch
Estella Moylett
Roadway: 
Highway 22
City: 
Dallas, OR

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