Fatal Traffic Crash - Highway 126 west of Redmond 08/10/2012
Lieutenant Gregg Hastings
Public Information Officer
(503) 731-3020 ext 247
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Oregon State Police (OSP) troopers are continuing the investigation into the cause of a fatal motorcycle-involved traffic crash Thursday night that resulted in the death of a 48-year old Redmond-area man and minor injuries to two other people on Highway 126 about two miles west of Redmond.
On August 9, 2012 at approximately 9:25 p.m. a group of motorcyclists were traveling eastbound on Highway 126 near milepost 109. For an unknown reason, GARY GERIG, age 48, from Redmond, was operating a 2005 Suzuki and veered into the westbound lane into the path of a 1993 Cadillac driven by JAMES HERSHBERGER, age 47, from Redmond. HERSHBERGER slowed and drove toward the shoulder but was unable to avoid a head-on collision. Witnesses reported that just before the motorcycle veered into the oncoming lane they saw sparks coming from the motorcycle.
GERIG was pronounced deceased at the scene. He was wearing a protective helmet.
JAMES HERSHBERGER and his wife/passenger MELISSA HERSHBERGER, age 46, received minor injuries. They were using safety restraints and were transported by Redmond Fire & Rescue to St. Charles Medical Center in Redmond.
OSP troopers from the Bend Area Command office are continuing the investigation. Trooper Zach Mickle is the lead investigator.
Deschutes County Sheriff's Office, Redmond Police Department, Redmond Fire & Rescue, and ODOT assisted at the scene. The highway was closed about four hours during the incident response and investigation.
Central Oregon Police Chaplaincy assisted OSP with next of kin notification.