An agent for the U.S. Drug Enforcement Agency has been charged in a crash that killed a bicyclist in Salem, according to the Salem Reporter.
Police said the agent, 37-year-old Samuel Landis, was on duty and driving a pickup at the time of the crash on March 28. According to the initial press release, Landis allegedly “entered the intersection and crossed the bicyclist’s path of travel, resulting in a collision.”
The cyclist, 53-year-old Marganne Allen, was critically injured and later died at Salem Health.
Salem Police Department officials said none of its officers were involved at the time of the crash. But they said the police department and the DEA have a long-established partnership through a local task force. Due to that connection, the Keizer Police Department took over the investigation.
No charges were filed in connection with Allen’s death for more than five months.
The Salem Reporter, which has been pushing police for details on the incident, reported Wednesday that Landis was indicted by a grand jury on a felony charge of criminally negligent homicide.