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Fatal Crash Indictment Leads to Arrest

PHILOMATH, Ore. — Oregon State Police (OSP) arrested a woman from Blodgett Wednesday morning following a grand jury indictment to an investigation regarding a fatal traffic crash on Highway 34 last September. The crash resulted in the death of a 22-year old Myrtle Creek woman and serious injuries to another person.

According to Sergeant Eric Judah, troopers arrested 36-year-old Valorie K. Carrigan Wednesday morning in a home around Philomath. She was indicted by a Linn County Grand Jury for Manslaughter in the First Degree, Assault in the Second Degree, and two counts of Felony Failure to Perform Duties of a Driver in an Injury Accident. Carrigan was transported to the Linn County Jail.

The arrest follows the OSP’s investigation into the fatal traffic crash last September in which an eastbound vehicle driven by Carrigan attempted to change lanes in front of 22-year-old, Chelsea Duffy, driving a Pontiac. Carrigan’s vehicle struck the right front section of the Pontiac causing Duffy to lose control. The Pontiac crossed into the westbound left lane and collided head-on with an SUV driven by Larry F. Dodge, age 52, from Shedd. Duffy was pronounced deceased at the scene and Dodge was seriously injured.