Redmond police investigate pedestrian death
The Redmond Police Department is continuing to investigate the circumstances surrounding the fatal vehicle versus pedestrian crash which occurred on Nov. 8, at approximately 5:45 p.m., in Redmond.
The deceased has been identified as former Warm Springs resident Catherine Yazzie, 53, of Redmond, who lived at a residence located on the corner of Southwest Veterans Way and Southwest Kalama Avenue, the intersection where the crash occurred.
Preliminary information indicated that Yazzie was crossing Southwest Veterans Way at the intersection and was in an unmarked crosswalk, returning home from Fred Meyer.
The involved driver has been identified as Dalton Curry, 22, of Terrebonne. Curry had been driving his 1993 Saab passenger car northbound on Southwest Veterans Way when the crash happened. Curry immediately stopped and remained at the scene, and has cooperated fully with investigators.
All possible causes are being investigated as potential contributing factors for the crash. It is too early to determine if a crime has been committed. A complete investigation will be conducted before making a decision. However, at this time, impairment by alcohol or drugs by the driver is not believed to be a factor.
The Redmond Police Department is seeking information about a vehicle which was in the area at the time of the crash. The vehicle has been described as a white Chevrolet Silverado with a canopy. The pickup was driving north on Southwest Veterans Way at the time of the crash and either continued north from Southwest Kalama Avenue or turned right (eastbound) onto Southwest Kalama Avenue.
Anyone with information about that vehicle, or with any other information possibly related to the incident is encouraged to contact the Redmond Police Department by calling 541-693-6911.
Redmond Police Officers were assisted at the scene by Redmond Fire and Rescue, Deschutes County Sheriff's Office, Oregon State Police, Deschutes County District Attorney's Office, and Redmond Public Works. The roadway was closed for several hours while the scene was diagramed, and evidence collected.
Winter is approaching and combined with the recent return to standard time; the roadways are still heavily traveled during hours of darkness. Drivers, pedestrians, bicyclists, and all other roadway users should use caution when driving during hours of darkness.
Pedestrians and bicyclists should wear light-colored or reflective clothing and not assume drivers see them. Drivers need to slow down, pay attention, and not always assume the path ahead is clear of obstacles.
Services for Catherine Yazzie were held Nov. 11, at the Warm Springs Agency Longhouse, and burial was Nov. 12, at the Mouth of the Warm Springs River Cemetery.