On Friday, January 11, 2019 at approximately 7:30 P.M. Oregon State Police and emergency personnel responded to the report of a two vehicle collision on Hwy 99W at the intersection of Clow Corner Rd. in Polk County.
Investigation reveals that a Chrysler 200, operated by Rosa Maria Rocha-Torres (19) of Salem, was stopped at the stop sign on Clow Corner waiting to cross or pull onto Hwy 99W. Rocha-Torres pulled out into the path of Jeep Renegade, operated by Kevin Ruffino (32) of Independence, and was struck on the driver’s side of her vehicle.
Rocha- Torres sustained fatal injuries and was pronounced deceased at the scene. Two teenage female passengers were transported to Salem Hospital with non life threatening injuries.
Ruffino sustained minor injuries and was not transported by medical personnel.
OSP was assisted by the Polk County Sheriff’s Office, Polk County Fire Department, Polk County District Attorney, and ODOT.