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Over weekend in Jefferson County

by: SUBMITTED PHOTO - A Prineville man died in a two-vehicle crash on May 17 on U.S. Highway 97 north of Madras.Two people were killed in separate accidents in Jefferson County over the weekend.

Oregon State Police is continuing the investigation into Saturday morning's fatal traffic crash along U.S. Highway 97 about 15 miles north of Madras that resulted in the death of one person and injuries to a passenger in the victim's pickup. According to Sgt. John Russo, on May 17, at about noon, a 1986 Toyota pickup driven by Jordan Alan Dunaway, 21, of Prineville, was traveling southbound on Highway 97 near milepost 76 when, for an unknown reason, it crossed into the northbound lane and struck the side of a commercial truck pulling a semitrailer. The pickup came to rest off the highway on its wheels. Dunaway was pronounced deceased at the scene. The passenger in the pickup, Makinsi Lorraine Gregory, 20, of Prineville, was transported by ambulance to St. Charles Madras with nonlife-threatening injuries. The truck's driver, Manual Nunez, 53, of California, was not transported for any reported injury. OSP troopers from Bend and Madras offices are continuing the investigation. OSP was assisted at the scene by the Jefferson County Sheriff's Office, Jefferson County Fire Rescue, and the Oregon Department of Transportation. by: SUBMITTED PHOTO - A Mt. Angel man died in a three-vehicle crash on Highway 20 on the Santiam Pass on Sunday.The second crash occurred around 12:35 p.m. on Highway 20, just east of the Santiam Summit in Jefferson County.

OSP reported that a 2008 Ford Focus, driven by Ellen D. Freddi, 34, of Jefferson, was traveling eastbound on Highway 20 near milepost 81, when it went out of control on the wet roadway and struck the guardrail on the south side of the highway.

The Ford continued into the westbound lane, where it collided nearly head-on with a 2007 Honda Accord with four occupants. The Honda spun broadside and was struck in the driver's side by a 2009 Toyota RAV sport utility vehicle with two occupants. The Honda's driver, Joshua James Shepherd, 33, of Mt. Angel, was pronounced deceased at the scene. The right front passenger, his wife, Jennifer A. Shepherd, 32, and two children, ages 4 and 1, were transported to St. Charles Bend. Jennifer Shepherd and her 4-year old son, Liam, were both transferred by air ambulance to Legacy Emanuel Medical Center and Randall Children's Hospital in Portland. They are both in respective intensive care units receiving treatment. The 1-year-old daughter was reportedly not injured. Freddi and passengers Lindsey Hammons-Williams, 29, and Vanessa D. Silva, 31, also both of Jefferson, were transported to St. Charles Bend. Injuries are believed nonlife-threatening. Hammons-Williams was asleep in the rear seat and was not using safety restraints. She was ejected from the car.

The Toyota RAV's driver, Steven A. Warner, 59, of Beaverton, and passenger Rosalie Warner, 55, were treated at the scene but not taken to a hospital. Both reportedly went to a doctor for a medical examination for minor injuries later. Initial information indicates all others listed were reportedly using safety restraints. OSP troopers from Bend, Madras and LaPine offices responded to the scene. Trooper Rich Brannin is the lead investigator. OSP was assisted at the scene by Sisters-Camp Sherman Fire District, ODOT, and medics from a National Guard until traveling through the area. OSP extends their thanks to the National Guard personnel and other citizens who stopped to help the injured at this tragic crash prior to the arrival of emergency first responders. The highway was closed until injured persons were transported from the scene.

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