SALEM (AP) — Salem police say a Polk County, Oregon, sheriff’s sergeant has died in a traffic crash on state Highway 22.
The Statesman Journal reports that Salem officers responding to a single vehicle crash Friday afternoon found the victim was 48-year-old Randy W. Whittaker of Dallas, Oregon.
Police say Whittaker was eastbound in the right lane when another vehicle passed. They say he moved into the left lane, lost control of his vehicle and struck the large cement barriers running along the side of the highway.
A dog that ran from the vehicle after the crash was found and was being returned to the family.
Sheriff Bob Wolfe said Whittaker was a well-respected sergeant at the jail. He had been with the sheriff’s office for 15 years.