An Albany teen was killed in a head-on collision on Knox Butte Road Wednesday night.
Dannica Dillenbeck was 18.
Dillenbeck’s Toyota pickup veered into the oncoming lane of traffic for an unknown reason, said Lt. Steven Westling, of Albany Police Department. Lebanon resident Oather Messer, 78, was driving a 2002 Chrysler van that was struck.
He and Dorothy Meier, 90, of Lebanon were transported to the hospital by Albany Fire Department medics.
On Thursday afternoon, both were at Good Samaritan Regional Medical Center. Messer was in fair condition and Meier in serious condition.
The fatal wreck occurred at about 7:52 p.m., and was 300 feet west of Bridle Springs Street.
Dillenbeck was the only person in the Toyota. It isn’t known if she was wearing a safety belt.
Investigation into the crash is continuing.
Dillenbeck graduated this spring from the online Oregon Connections Academy, said her father, Larry Dillenbeck of Salem.
She loved photography, kayaking and camping, and was learning to play the piano and violin. She also volunteered at the Albany Public Library and the Linn County Courthouse.
“She was just such a very, very sweet, loving, happy person who brought so much light into our lives,” said Larry Dillenbeck. “She laughed a lot, smiled a lot, always wanting to help and be there for other people.”