Madras driver in fatal collision
A Madras woman was involved in a Dec. 25, two-car, fatal accident in Deschutes County.
According to the report, at 1:15 p.m., Oregon State Police troopers and emergency personnel responded to the report of a two-vehicle rear-end collision on U.S. Highway 126 and Cloverdale Road, just east of Sisters.
The preliminary investigation revealed that a blue 2013 Chevrolet Equinox, operated by David Jackson, 58, of Bend, was slowing down in preparation for an upcoming left turn, when his vehicle was rear-ended by a maroon 2001 GMC Yukon, operated by Andria Mengucci, 40, of Madras.
Jackson was pronounced deceased at St. Charles Bend, shortly after 5 p.m., as a result of injuries sustained in the crash. Multiple passengers from both involved vehicles were transported and treated for nonlife-threatening injuries.
Distracted driving is considered to be a contributing factor in the crash. A minor child in the offending vehicle was unrestrained and sustained minor injuries in the crash.
Highway 126 remained closed for nearly two hours following the crash. OSP was assisted by Oregon Department of Transportation, Deschutes County Sheriff's Office, Redmond, Cloverdale, Sisters, and Black Butte Ranch fire departments.