Man dead in crash on NE Hollywood Drive

An early-morning crash Tuesday killed one person shut down traffic for much of the day on Northeast Hollywood Drive.

Around 5 a.m., a mid-size sedan collided with a mid-size sports utility vehicle in the intersection of Northeast San Francisco and Hollywood Drive, Salem police said Tuesday afternoon.

The crash killed one occupant of the vehicles, 46-year-old Keith Alan Schmidtke.

Northeast Hollywood Drive was closed between Northeast Snowberry Street and Silverton Road until about 10:30 a.m. A small section of Northeast Studio Court remained closed until 4:45 p.m., police said.

Police said another person was transported to a hospital following the two-car crash.

Contact reporter Ardeshir Tabrizian: [email protected] or 503-929-3053.

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Ardeshir Tabrizian has covered criminal justice and housing for Salem Reporter since September 2021. As an Oregon native, his award-winning watchdog journalism has traversed the state. He has done reporting for The Oregonian, Eugene Weekly and Malheur Enterprise.