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Fatal Traffic Crash - South of Malheur Lake in Harney County

July 1, 2013

Lieutenant Gregg Hastings
Public Information Officer
(503) 731-3020 ext 247

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A 25-year old man was found deceased Monday morning following an overnight single vehicle traffic crash south of Malheur Lake in rural Harney County. Oregon State Police (OSP) is continuing the investigation into the cause of the crash.

According to Sergeant Brian Williams, on July 1, 2013 at approximately 7:49 a.m., a Bureau of Land Management employee drove upon the scene of a single vehicle rollover traffic crash off Sodhouse Lane about 12 miles east of Narrows and south of Malheur Lake. OSP and Harney County Sheriff's Office responded to the scene and confirmed there was a lone adult male deceased after being ejected from the 1997 Ford Explorer. The victim was identified as DAVID GUZMAN-RAMIREZ, age 25, from Bend. 

Williams indicated the crash occurred late Sunday night or early Monday morning. The vehicle was eastbound on a gravel portion of Sodhouse Lane negotiating a right curve when the operator lost control. The vehicle traveled off the roadway and rolled, coming to rest on its passenger side. GUZMAN-RAMIREZ was not using safety restraints and was ejected.

With the Fourth of July extended holiday period approaching, OSP and Harney County Sheriff's Office urge all travelers whether in rural or urban areas to remember these travel safety tips:

* Get rested before you are tested. Fatigued drivers are more frequent during holiday weekends because of increased travel and activity. Be patient and allow plenty of time to reach your destination.
* Pay attention. An inattentive driver is a growing safety concern on our roads and an increasing factor in traffic crashes.
* Know before you go: Stay up to date on road conditions by visiting TripCheck.com or calling 5-1-1.
* Even when workers are not present, all work zone speed limits still apply and fines double. Inactive work zones still have equipment, detours, and incomplete changes in the roadway so drivers need to slow down and be alert.
* Share the road. Don't tailgate and be sure to check your mirrors and blind spots before changing lanes.
* Be on the lookout for bicyclists, pedestrians and other vulnerable users of our roads.
* Always use safety restraints and child safety seats correctly (see www.childsafetyseat.org for proper buckling tips and other information).
* If traveling on our roads, bring non-alcoholic refreshments and water to help stay hydrated. This could really come in handy if your vehicle unexpectedly breaks down along a highway and you have to wait for help.
* Don't drink and drive; don't be impaired and drive. These can be deadly combinations.
* MOVE OVER if you are approaching any type of emergency vehicle, tow truck or roadside assistance vehicle which is stopped on the roadside with emergency lights activated.


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