Woman dies in Hwy. 97 crash
A Madras woman, Amber Paplia, was seriously injured June 21, in a two-vehicle accident on U.S. Highway 97, south of Terrebonne.
Just after 1:30 p.m., Oregon State Police troopers from the Bend Area Command responded to a report of the accident near Northwest Galloway Avenue. The preliminary investigation revealed that a light blue 2008 Honda Pilot SUV, operated by Amber Paplia, 26, was traveling northbound on Highway 97. A red 2015 Toyota Camry, driven by Dennis French, 78, of Gaston, was traveling southbound at that location.
Police reported that Paplia crossed over into the oncoming southbound lanes and French was unable to avoid impact, resulting in a head-on crash. Marjorie French, 76, also of Gaston, was pronounced deceased at the scene.
Dennis French and Paplia were both transported to St. Charles Redmond, with serious injuries. The two other passengers in French's Toyota, Diane Acevedo, 49, and an 11-year-old child, both from San Bruno, California, were transported to St. Charles Bend for treatment of nonlife-threatening injuries.
Fatigue is believed to be a contributing factor in the crash.
OSP was assisted on scene by the Deschutes County Sheriff's Office, the Redmond Police Department, Redmond Fire and Rescue, the Oregon Department of Transportation and the Deschutes County medical examiner.