Sunday, September 5, 2021

Deadly Crash on Fairway Avenue Near 2019 Site of Crash

Back in 2019 you might recall a terrible crash and death on Fairway Avenue SE. In the days after the crash, there was a story about neighbors wanting traffic calming, and the City dismissing the request.

In 2019 City said "No"
to safety counter-measures

Yesterday, Salem Police had sad news about another fatality yesterday on this same stretch of Fairway Avenue, nearly certain to involve speeding.

On Friday, September 3, 2021, at approximately 6:45 p.m., Salem police and firefighters responded to a motorcycle crash near Fairway DR and Lexington CR SE. [The City's "primary address" map identifies Fairway as an Avenue, not Drive, and it is the only street intersecting with Lexington Circle]

The first arriving officer attempted lifesaving measures for the motorcycle rider before paramedics arrived. Ultimately, the rider identified as David Patrick Lewallen, age 41 of Jefferson, was pronounced deceased at the scene.

The initial investigation indicates Lewallen was driving southbound on Fairway DR when he could not negotiate the curve near Lexington CR and left the roadway, striking multiple objects.

Lewallen’s was the only vehicle involved in the crash.

The Salem Police Traffic Team responded to the incident and is completing the investigation.

This is a street designed in a way that allows for and even induces excessive speed, there is a pattern of speeding, and it deserves calming.

(See recent note on Mildred Lane, also about speeding. This post may be updated.)

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