Kellie Moore and twin daughters Jasmine and Jayden
SALEM, OR (KPTV) -
A mother and one of her twin daughters were killed on Tuesday in a head-on crash in Salem.
It happened at 6:17 p.m. on Turner Road Southeast near Airway Drive.
Police said a 1994 Ford Escort, driven by Hannah Reitz, 28, of McMinnville, crossed into the path of an oncoming 1997 Ford F-150 pickup.
The driver of the truck, Jason McMurphy, 32, of Turner, was not able to avoid a collision.
A passenger in the car, Kellie Moore, 26, of McMinnville, and her daughter, Jasmine Moore, 9, were pronounced dead at the scene. The girl's twin sister, Jayden Moore, was taken to the hospital and listed in critical condition on Wednesday.
The driver of the car and her 8-year-old daughter, Marena Reitz, also suffered injuries described as potentially life-threatening.
Family members said Hannah Reitz and Kellie Moore had just received their tax refund checks and wanted to take their kids shopping in Salem with the money.
"I said, 'you guys are going to Salem,' and they're like, 'yeah,'" said Terry Foster, Kellie Moore's stepmother. "And, I don't know, I just had a weird feeling."
The family said Kellie Moore was engaged to the father of her twin girls. She worked as a caretaker for her grandmother and loved her children, family members said.
"There wasn't anything Kellie wouldn't do for her girls," Foster said. "She's had some issues in her life, but she turned her life around. I think that's why it's sad."
The twin girls were also inseparable.
"They're all over each other constantly," said their grandfather Eugene Foster. "If they're not picking on each other, they're loving each other."
The investigation is continuing and police said it's not yet clear what caused Hannah Reitz to cross over into oncoming traffic. Initial indications are that speed and intoxicants were not factors in the crash.
McMurphy was taken to the hospital with injuries described as non-life-threatening.
A fund has been setup for Kellie Moore's family. You can donate at any Wells Fargo Bank branch.
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