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Fatal Traffic Crash - Highway 26 north of Madras
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 Friday night’s single vehicle fatal traffic crash that killed one person and injured two others along Highway 26 about three miles north of Madras. Alcohol is being investigated as a contributing factor.
According to Trooper Joshua Nagle, on January 6, 2012 at approximately 9:36 p.m. a 1991 Chevrolet pickup driven by KATHY RUTH DANZUKA, age 47, from Warm Springs, was northbound on Highway 26 near milepost 113 when she lost control, crossed the southbound lane and traveled off the highway into a ditch where it rolled at least once.
DANZUKA and two passengers were not using safety restraints and were ejected from the pickup.
Passenger CHAD WILLIS HAMILTON, age 37, from Madras, was pronounced deceased at the scene.
KATHY DANZUKA and passenger REBECCA JUNE DANZUKA, age 45, from Warm Springs, were injured and transported by ambulance to Mountain View Hospital in Madras. KATHY DANZUKA was then taken by AirLife to St. Charles Medical Center in Bend for further treatment of serious injuries.
OSP troopers from the Madras and Bend offices are continuing the investigation.
Jefferson County Sheriff’s Office, Jefferson County District Attorney’s Office, ODOT and local fire personnel assisted during the initial investigation. The highway was closed 2 ½ hours.