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Crash kills Keizer mom

This Jan. 26 crash in Mt. Angel claimed the life of Keizer's Rhiannon L. Steele, 35. (Submitted)
This Jan. 26 crash in Mt. Angel claimed the life of Keizer’s Rhiannon L. Steele, 35. (Submitted)

A Keizer woman was killed while riding in a pickup that crashed last week in Mt. Angel.

At about 6 p.m. on Jan. 26, a Mt. Angel police officer attempted to stop a 2001 Chevrolet S-10 pickup. The driver, later identified as 17-year-old Drake Alan Douglas Carson of Salem, didn’t yield and led police on a chase.

The vehicle crashed a short time later and Carson fled the scene.

There were two passengers found in the vehicle. The rear seat passenger, 35-year-old Rhiannon L. Steele of Keizer, was pronounced deceased at the scene. She was Carson’s mother, according to the Oregon State Police (OSP).

The front seat passenger, an unidentified juvenile male, was transported to a hospital in Salem with serious injuries. There was no update on his condition as of Wednesday morning.

OSP responded to the accident, with assistance from the Marion County Sheriff’s Office and police departments from Woodburn, Keizer, Silverton and Mt. Angel. Also assisting were personnel from the Marion County District Attorney’s Office and Marion County Public Works.

OSP found Carson the next day and took him into custody.

On Jan. 30, Carson was arraigned on charges of manslaughter in the first degree, assault in the second degree and fleeing or attempting to elude a police officer. His bail was set at $110,000.

Carson was charged by the Marion County District Attorney’s Office with crimes under Ballot Measure 11, meaning he will be prosecuted as an adult in criminal court. He will stay in the juvenile department detention facility for the pendency of the case and will next appear in court on Feb. 12.