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Update: Fatal Traffic Crash - Highway 97 / Highway 138E Junction in Klamath County
September 11, 2013

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

(Updated September 12, 2013)

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Oregon State Police (OSP) is continuing the investigation into the cause of Wednesday morning's fatal traffic crash involving a passenger vehicle and commercial truck at the intersection of Hi ghway 138E and Highway 97 (Diamond Lake Junction - http://mapq.st/1g1K3yk) in Klamath County. The crash resulted in the death of an adult female and minor injury to the driver of that vehicle. Names are released in this update.

Preliminary information indicates on September 11, 2013 at approximately 7:37 a.m., a 1999 Honda Civic driven by ALEXANDER PESEK, age 31, Lincoln, Nebraska, was eastbound on Highway 138E and failed to stop at a stop sign posted at the intersection with Highway 97. As the Honda drove through the stop sign onto Highway 97 it was struck in the passenger side by a northbound 2007 Freightliner tanker trunk pulling a tanker trailer. After impact, the involved vehicles came to rest about 50 feet off the highway.

ALEXANDER PESEK was transported by ambulance to Sky Lakes Medical Center in Klamath Falls for treatment of minor injury. Right front passenger/sister, MARI FRANCIS PESEK, age 25, from Brainard, Nebraska, was pronounced deceased at the scene.

The truck's driver, KENNETH S. BRASSER, age 57, from Klamath Falls, was not injured. BRASSER was driver for Home Run Transport out of Klamath Falls, and the tankers were empty. He was using safety restraints.

OSP troopers from the Klamath Falls Area Command office are continuing the investigation. Trooper Patrick Irish is the lead investigator.

OSP was assisted at the scene by Chemult Rural Fire Protection District and ODOT.