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Fatal Traffic Crash - Interstate 82 south of Umatilla
01/26/2009
Lieutenant Gregg Hastings
Public Information Officer
Office: (503) 731-3020 ext. 247

A 5-year old boy died Saturday night after he was ejected from the family's vehicle as it rolled over off the southbound lanes of Interstate 82 south of Umatilla. The other four occupants, two adults and two children, were not injured. All involved names are being released for the occupants who are from Walla Walla, Washington. Notification was made to the victim's father who is reportedly on military deployment in Iraq.
 
According to Oregon State Police (OSP) Senior Trooper Mitch Wilson, on January 24, 2009 at approximately 7:38 p.m. a 2000 Chevrolet Tahoe driven by MICHELLE GWINN, age 26, from Walla Walla, Washington, with one adult and three children was southbound on Interstate 82 near milepost 4. Roadway conditions were described as very icy. The driver of the vehicle, the victim's mother, was traveling in the right southbound lane at approximately 45 – 50 mph when she reportedly applied the brakes while approaching another vehicle and lost control. The vehicle slid to the right and rolled off the highway at least three times.
 
The victim, VINCENT RAMONE GWINN, was seated in a booster seat in the right rear seating location and was ejected. He was transported by Hermiston ambulance to an area hospital where he was pronounced deceased about one hour later. Safety restraint use in conjunction with the booster seat is pending further investigation.
 
MICHELLE GWINN and the three other occupants were not injured. The other occupants were the victim's grandmother seated in the right front passenger location identified as LORI GWINN, age 49, and the victim's two sister's ages 2 and 6. All were using safety restraints or appropriate child restraint seats.
 
OSP troopers from the Hermiston work site are continuing the investigation. Umatilla Police Department, Umatilla Fire Department and Hermiston ambulance assisted.