Walla Walla couple ID'd among dead in fiery May crash


MISSION, Ore. -- A Walla Walla couple have been identified as the remaining victims of a fiery five-fatality collision May 29 on the Umatilla Indian Reservation.

David John Damm, 47, and his wife, Cynthia Marie Falk-Damm, 45, died in the two-vehicle crash, Umatilla Tribal Police said today.

The couple were in a passenger car that collided head-on with a Chevrolet Suburban carrying a family on North Cayuse Road east of Rothrock Road on the reservation.

The other three victims of the crash were Mylie J. Huesties, 41, Brett Huesties, 13, and Warren Huesties, age 4, police said.

Two other family members, Clarise Huesties, 15, and Garret Huesties, 9, were injured in the crash, police said.

All of the Huesties family lived on the Umatilla Indian Reservation.

In an earlier release, Umatilla Tribal Police Chief Tim Addleman said there was insufficient evidence to positively identify the Damms after the crash.

The bodies were held by the Oregon State Medical Examiner's Office for further tests and gathering of evidence, including dental records, for proof of identity.

The crash occurred shortly after 4 p.m. May 29.

When emergency workers arrived at the scene they found both vehicles fully engulfed in flames.

Once the fire was controlled, it was determined there were two bodies in one of the vehicles and three bodies in the second vehicle, Addleman said.


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