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McMinnville woman, daughter killed in Salem crash

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<b>A 26-year-old McMinnville woman and her 9-year-old daughter were killed Tuesday night in a two-vehicle crash.</b>
Photo courtesy Salem police
A 26-year-old McMinnville woman and her 9-year-old daughter were killed Tuesday night in a two-vehicle crash.

Feb 12, 2014 | 6 Comments


News-Register Staff

SALEM — A McMinnville woman and her 9-year-old daughter were killed Tuesday night in a two-vehicle crash on Turner Road SE, south of the intersection with Airway Drive SE.

Salem police identified the victims as Kelly Moore, 26, and Jasmine Moore. Her twin sister, Jayden, was injured. The three were passengers in a vehicle driven by Hannah Reitz, 28, also of McMinnville.

Police gave this account of the crash, which occurred at 6:17 p.m.:

Reitz was northbound on Turner Road when her 1994 Ford Escort crossed into the path of a southbound 1997 Ford F-150 pickup driven by Jason McMurphy, 32, of Turner. The vehicles collided head-on, killing Kelly and Jasmine Moore.

Reitz, Jayden Moore and Reitz's 8-year-old daughter, Marena, were transported to Salem Hospital with potentially life-threatening injuries. Jayden and Marena were later transferred to a trauma center in Portland. McMurphy was hospitalized in Salem with less serious injuries.

The Kelly Moore Benefit Memorial Fund has been established with Wells Fargo Bank to help the Moore family with expenses.

The police department's Traffic Control Unit is investigating the crash. Lt. Dave Okada said it's not clear what caused the Escort to cross the center line, but it does not appear intoxicants or speed were factors.

See Friday's print edition for additional details.

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Comments

06:48 pm - Wed, February 12 2014
Molly Walker said:
This is such a very sad situation. Our thoughts and prayers are with all those involved.
06:49 pm - Thu, February 13 2014
RainD said:
This is a horrific tragedy..but that said..if you are taking your daughters shopping..what in the world are you doing over on Turner Road??????!!!! You have Salem Centre in downtown..you have Lancaster Mall..but Turner Rd??? I don't know who said these ladies were taking their daughters shopping..but the sad evidence shows otherwise..
04:08 am - Fri, February 14 2014
carolinalady50 said:
What does it matter about where these ladies we're driving at.Two beautiful people lost there lives & there could possibly be more. My prayers go out to this family.Maybe Raind, should think before they speak. Where is your heart????
05:56 am - Fri, February 14 2014
Paul Daquilante said:
RainD . . .

Family members reported the women were taking their children shopping in Salem.

While it wasn't specifically stated where they were going to shop, the Walmart Supercenter is located at 1940 Turner Road SE, not far from the crash site.

Paul Daquilante / reporter
06:05 pm - Fri, February 21 2014
RainD said:
That is a stretch..especially considering we have a Walmart here in town..I'm just stating the facts because I was going to donate money.again..I am so sad about this terrible tragedy..and more specifically the innocent children involved..but before I start opening up my pocket book, which I most certainly was going to do..I want to do a little checking..the driver had no insurance..instead of going "shopping: why didn't she spend the money on car insurance..and, if she chose to take her daughter shopping instead..what was she doing crossing over into the opposite lane to hit a car head on..these are well lit, clearly marked 4 lane highway...I want to donate money to the sweet innocent little girls..but the driver..I want my money going to the innocent children, not this woman..yes, this is a horrific tragedy..but cold as it sounds, this is clearly on her..was she texting..what on earth was she doing...I just want to know..their blood is on her hands..
04:50 pm - Sun, February 23 2014
Paul Daquilante said:
RainD . . .

You state . . . "these are well lit, clearly marked 4 lane highway."

That is a COMPLTELY inaccurate statement. The location on Turner Road where this crash occurred is a two-lane road, with no lighting whatsoever and no shoulders. Google map the intersection of Turner Road and Airway Drive, in the area of the crash, and you shall see.

The Salem police have stated there is nothing to indicate at this point in time that Hannah Rietz, the driver of the Ford Escort who crossed over the centerline, was either texting or making a cellphone call. As of late last week, she had not been interviewed by detectives. When that interview takes place, maybe more will be known . . . if she was distracted at the time or whatever.

Paul Daquilante/reporter
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