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Woman in jail on unrelated charges after police say she hit and killed flagger

39-year-old Zahra Gonzales is in the Klamath County Jail, but it's uncertain whether she'll be charged in the death of a construction flagger.

Posted: Jun 20, 2019 5:10 PM
Updated: Jun 21, 2019 11:19 AM

KLAMATH FALLS, Ore. — The woman that police say struck and killed a construction flagger with her car on Tuesday night is currently in the Klamath County Jail. The charge keeping her there, however, is seemingly unrelated to the fatal crash.

39-year-old Zahra Ix Chel Gonzales was driving west on 140E just outside of Klamath Falls when she entered a construction zone, according to the Oregon State Police (OSP) investigation. There, police said, she hit 45-year-old Daniel Wessel.

Despite emergency crews rushing to the scene, Wessel did not survive.

In a statement on Wednesday, OSP did not indicate that Gonzales had been taken into custody for any reason related to the crash. After 4 p.m. that day, Gonzales was booked into the Klamath County Jail for a probation violation.

According to court records, Gonzales has been on probation for a meth possession charge since her sentencing earlier this month, stemming from an arrest in March of 2018. Between the arrest and her sentencing, she received two citations for driving with a suspended license.

NewsWatch 12 contacted Klamath County District Attorney Eve Costello on Thursday. Costello said that an investigation into the deadly crash was ongoing, and there remained a possibility that Gonzales could face charges in the case.

Gonzales is set to be released from jail on Friday morning.

Friends of Daniel Wessel have started a GoFundMe page for his family, which has already surpassed its $10,000 goal.

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