DEA Agent Charged with Fatally Striking Cyclist While on Duty in Oregon

By Steve Neavling

An on-duty DEA agent who fatally struck a cyclist in Salem, Oregon, in March was indicted Wednesday on charges related to the crash. 

A warrant was issued for the arrest of Agent Samuel Landis, who was charged in the death of 53-year-old Marganne Allen, the Statesman Journal reports

The indictment was filed in Marion County Circuit Court. 

The 38-year-old agent is accused of speeding in his truck through a neighborhood and running a stop sign before striking Allen. He was on duty at the time.

After the crash, witnesses said Landis did not approach Allen as others provided first aid. Instead, he was seen pacing and talking on his phone.

Allen was taken to a hospital, where she died from her injuries. 

After learning that a DEA agent was involved, Salem police turned the case over to the Keizer Police Department. 

“No Salem Police employees were present at the time of the crash; however, the two agencies have a long-established partnership through a task force,” police said in a statement at the time. “Due to those circumstances, the Salem Police Department has requested the Keizer Police Department lead the investigation.”

At the time, an undercover Salem police officer assigned to the DEA task force texted photos of the fatal crash to the task force’s supervisor. 

It wasn’t clear why six months passed before charges were filed. 

The investigation was mired in silence, according to the Statesman Journal

Landis’ bail was set at $20,000. 

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