Marganne Allen Obituary, Death – The driver who was involved in an accident that resulted in the death of a bicyclist on Tuesday in the South Gateway neighborhood of Salem was a federal drug enforcement agent who was working at the time, according to an announcement made by the Salem Police Department on Friday afternoon – three days after the incident.
Because the Salem police and the United States Drug Enforcement Administration “have a long-established partnership through a task force,” the police agency announced in a press release that it had requested the assistance of the Keizer Police Department in conducting an investigation into the fatal crash. According to the original news release that the Salem police department issued on Wednesday, March 29, Marganne Allen, 53, was cycling south on High Street approaching Leslie Street when Samuel Landis, a special agent in the Salem office of the DEA, drove into the intersection and crossed her path. This information was provided by the Salem police department.
The Drug Enforcement Administration did not answer to any of the queries that were submitted to them on Wednesday to confirm whether or not the driver was an employee of theirs and whether or not he was on the job when the tragedy occurred. According to the website of the Oregon Department of Agriculture, Allen worked as the program manager for the state’s Agricultural Water Quality program at one point. On Friday evening, there was going to be a vigil held for Allen at the location of the incident.
According to the department’s original news release, officers responded around 3:45 p.m. on Tuesday, March 28, to a report of a bicyclist being struck by a pickup truck at the intersection of Southeast Leslie and High Streets, which is located near Bush’s Pasture Park. The incident was reported to have occurred near Bush’s Pasture Park. The investigation led the police to conclude that Allen was traveling south on High Street toward Leslie Street.
According to the announcement, the collision was caused when Landis drove into the junction from the east and entered the path of the bike. Allen had life-threatening injuries and was rushed to Salem Hospital, but she did not survive her time there. Landis, age 37, did not sustain any injuries. According to the announcement that was issued by the department, he remained at the site and was participating with the investigation. As of Friday, the police had not disclosed any citations or arrests that they had made.