By Paul Daquilante • Staff Writer • 

Crash claims 2013 Amity High School grad

Ariel Dumler

Ariel Dumler

Sgt. Brad Hessel, acting head of the local Oregon State Police office, gave this account:

Dumler was eastbound in a 1999 Toyota Camry when she lost control on a left-hand curve about 10:15 a.m. Emergency responders found the vehicle down an embankment on its top.

Dumler was belted in, but did not survive her injuries. She was pronounced dead at the scene.

There were no known witnesses, but a nearby resident heard the unmistakable sounds and called 911.

“Preliminary investigation does not indicate alcohol was involved,” Hessel said. “We do not think she was using her phone. We will be working on speed calculations.”

He said, “Sometimes skid mark evidence leaves an arc with a definite crossover point. We are able to take measurements of that and use mathematical calculations to come up with speed estimates.”

He said that work is still in progress, but based on preliminary indications, it does not appear excessive speed was a factor.

OSP was assisted at the scene by the Yamhill County Sheriff’s Office, Amity Fire District, McMinnville Fire Department and Oregon Department of Transportation. Traffic was temporarily re-routed onto Burch Hill Road.

Dumler, who played volleyball, basketball and softball for the Warriors, excelled as both a student and athlete. As a result, she was awarded an Anna Allen Amity Education Foundation Scholarship.

She earned second-team all-conference honors in volleyball and basketball. She notched 11 kills and 29 digs in Amity’s 2012 league championship volleyball win over No. 1-seeded Willamina.

A “gofundme” memorial account has been established. Through Monday morning, it had received 182 donations totalling about $15,700.

A Facebook post on a memorial page reads, “This is why I love the town of Amity. Whether good or bad, this community will pull together and become one. Something as tragic as this does not affect just one or two families, but all of our families that know this beautiful angel. You are a shining light, Ariel, yesterday, today and forever!”

Another post read, “It is truly AMAZING how the ‘family’ of Amity comes together in times of need! This tragedy, while heartbreaking to many, goes to show what makes it great to live in a ‘small town.’

“As an outsider to most, I have not met one person that didn’t welcome me or make me feel like I didn’t belong. The kindness shown by so many in this time of need just proves to me why I would never want to leave. Obviously, Ariel will be missed, but through her, so many have united ... God bless you all!”

An account has also been opened with the OnPoint Community Credit Union in McMinnville, Ariel’s father, Dave, reported in a Facebook post. Through Thursday, July 31, Uncle Jack’s Bar-B-Que in Amity will donate 10 percent of its daily proceeds to the family to assist with expenses, according to another Facebook post.

A Facebook page has been dedicated to the submission of photos of Dumler, from childhood to the present.

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