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Fatal Traffic Crash - Highway 26 west of Madras
Oregon State Police (OSP) is continuing the investigation into the cause of an early Sunday morning single vehicle fatal traffic crash along Highway 26 about six miles west of Madras that resulted in the death of a 25-year old man. The victim's name is released in this update.
According to Sergeant Keith Taylor, on September 9, 2012 at approximately 2:00 a.m. a 1988 Toyota Corolla two door driven by DAMIEN PHILIP PLAZOLA, age 25, from Redmond, was westbound on Highway 26 near milepost 111 when it traveled off the highway. PLAZOLA over-corrected in an attempt to return to the roadway and rolled several times across the road before coming to rest on its wheels off the highway.
PLAZOLA was not using safety restraints. He was ejected from the car and pronounced deceased at the scene.
OSP troopers from Bend and Madras offices responded to investigate. Alcohol is a possible contributing factor. Trooper Jake Lorentz is the lead investigator.
Jefferson County Sheriff's Office, Jefferson County EMS, Jefferson County medical examiner and ODOT assisted at the scene.
Lieutenant Gregg Hastings
Public Information Officer
(503) 731-3020 ext 247