March 9, 2014
Lieutenant Gregg Hastings
Public Information Officer
(503) 731-3020 ext 247
Photograph links valid at least 30 days - Source: Oregon State Police
(Update March 10 - Statement from OSP)
Oregon State Police (OSP) is continuing the investigation into Sunday morning's two vehicle fatal traffic crash along Interstate 84 just west of the Oregon / Idaho border that resulted in the death of a 17-year old Fruitland, Idaho resident.
The ongoing investigation includes extensive work by the OSP Collision Reconstruction Unit, follow up interviews with involved persons, and interviews with potential witnesses who have contacted OSP. OSP asks for the understanding and patience of those concerned as our troopers gather all the facts related to this incident. Upon conclusion, OSP will review the investigation with the District Attorney's office to ensure it is complete before any further information is released.
On March 9, 2014 at approximately 1:59 a.m., a 2007 Pontiac Grand Am driven by JESUS A. ORNELAS, age 17, from New Plymouth, Idaho, was eastbound on Interstate 84 near milepost 377 in the left lane. A 2004 Ford F150 pickup driven by RYAN RONALD RULE, age 17, from Fruitland, Idaho, was eastbound in the right lane passing the Pontiac when the pickup's left side collided into the Pontiac's right side.
Both drivers lost control resulting in the pickup rolling numerous times across the westbound lanes before coming to rest down a grassy embankment on its side. The Pontiac spun around and came to a rest on the right eastbound shoulder.
RULE was ejected and pronounced deceased at the scene. The 17-year old female passenger, ROBYN C. KING from Payette, Idaho, was not ejected and received non-life threatening injuries. She was transported by ambulance to St. Alphonsus Medical Center in Ontario. Neither occupant was using safety restraints.
ORNELAS and 3 juvenile-age male passengers were not injured.
OSP troopers from the Ontario Area Command office are continuing the investigation into the cause and manner of the crash. Speed of the pickup is a contributing factor. Trooper Kevin Harris is the lead investigator. Any witnesses who have not spoken to OSP regarding the investigation are asked to call OSP Southern Command Center dispatch at 800-442-2068 or the Ontario Area Command office (541) 889-6469.
OSP was assisted at the scene by Ontario Police Department, Ontario Fire and Rescue, Treasure Valley Paramedics, and ODOT. Assistance was also provided by Idaho State Police, Payette County Sheriff's Office, Fruitland Police Department, and Idaho Department of Transportation. The westbound lanes of Interstate 84 near milepost 3 were closed for about six hours. The eastbound lanes were closed in Oregon for over 2 hours before one lane was open until the scene was cleared about 8:00 a.m.
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