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Woman killed, man injured in single-vehicle crash in Mill City

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(Courtesy: Linn County Sheriff's Office) (Courtesy: Linn County Sheriff's Office)

A woman was killed and a man was injured in a single-vehicle crash in Mill City Tuesday afternoon.

The Linn County Sheriff's Office said the crash happened at 3 p.m. on Gates School Road near the intersection of Kingwood Road.

LCSO investigation revealed that Elarae Jennifer Vargas, 44, was driving south on Gates School Road when she was negotiating a sharp left hand corner and drove through the corner, onto the shoulder. The front of the vehicle dropped into the ditch causing the vehicle to spin as it slid on all four wheels and hit a tree on the driver's side. The vehicle then rolled onto its side coming to a rest on the driver's side.

Vargas was pronounced dead at the scene. A passenger in the vehicle, Kenneth Owen Bell, 26, was taken to Santiam Hospital with non-life threatening injuries.

LCSO said neither Vargas or Bell were wearing seatbelts and the vehicle did not have air bags. Alcohol is not believed to be a factor in the crash.

According to LCSO, Bell was arrested after being released from the hospital and taken to the Linn County Jail on an outstanding warrant for possession of methamphetamine.

LCSO deputies are continuing to investigate the crash.

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