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Polk County, Oregon — August 2, 2013

Police say a teenage motorist died on Friday after he was hit while attempting a 180-degree turn near Grand Ronde.

According to troopers with the Oregon State Police, 32-year-old Amity resident Dannyelle Mager was behind the wheel of a Ford pickup truck as it traveled west along Salmon River Highway (Oregon 18). As Ms. Mager approached mile-marker 22, west of the Spring Mountain Casino, she observed a westbound 2000 Ford Focus attempted to make a 180-degree turn and head east.

Investigators say Ms. Mager was unable to avoid striking the Focus, driven by 19-year-old Aumsville resident Alexander Barnes. Paramedics responded to the scene, but were unable to save Mr. Barnes.

His passenger, 22-year-old Aumsville resident Matthew Frankenhauser, was taken to Salem Hospital for treatment. Ms. Mager escaped unhurt, while her passenger was taken to a nearby hospital for lesser injuries.

According to the Oregon Department of Transportation, drivers 15 to 20 were involved in 8,602 collisions in 2011, roughly 17.5 percent of all collisions statewide.

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