October 24, 2012
Lieutenant Gregg Hastings
Public Information Officer
(503) 731-3020 ext 247
Oregon State Police (OSP) is continuing the investigation into Tuesday night's single vehicle traffic crash along Interstate 84 about fifteen miles east of Pendleton the resulted in the death of a Pasco, Washington man and minor injuries to two other men. The crash is a reminder to be prepared and alert now for changing road conditions with winter approaching.
On October 23, 2012 at approximately 9:57 p.m., a 1992 GMC pickup driven by ELOY GARCIA ANDRADE, age 55, from San Benito, Texas, was eastbound on Interstate 84 near milepost 229 when ANDRADE lost control on icy road conditions. The pickup traveled off the highway and rolled 3 times in the median before coming to rest on its left side.
Passenger CARLOS PENA GARCIA, age 49, from Pasco, Washington, was pronounced deceased at the scene. He was not using safety restraints.
ANDRADE and passenger ANTONIO G. ANDRADE , age 59, from Pasco, Washington, were transported by ambulance to St. Anthony Hospital in Pendleton with minor injuries. Their safety restraint use information is not available for this release.
OSP troopers from the Pendleton Area Command office are continuing the investigation. No photographs are available for this release.
OSP was assisted at the scene by Umatilla County Sheriff's Office, Umatilla Tribal Fire Department, Pendleton Fire Department, and ODOT.
OSP and ODOT urge those traveling in areas that have the potential for ice or snow on the road to adjust your driving to fit conditions and remember these winter driving tips:
* Roads that are wet or have fresh snow, packed snow, or ice have varying degrees of traction. Adjust your speed to match road conditions.
* Slow down and keep your distance from vehicles in front of you. Allow about three times as much space.
* Turn off your cruise control.
* If you lose traction and your vehicle feels like it's floating, gradually slow down. Don't slam on the brakes.
* Use caution when driving on bridges or concrete highways. These surfaces are the first to freeze and become slippery when the temperature drops.
* Slow down in advance of shaded areas, especially on curves. Shaded areas are cooler and may have ice that is difficult to see.
* Don't pass snowplows or sanders, and don't follow them too closely.