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Fatal Traffic Crash - Highway 395 south of Pendleton
03/11/2012
Lieutenant Gregg Hastings
Public Information Officer
(503) 731-3020 ext. 247
gregg.hastings@state.or.us

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A Pendleton-area taxi driver died Saturday night when the taxi cab he was driving struck a cow on Highway 395 about 2 miles south of Pendleton. The taxi's two passengers were not injured. Oregon State Police (OSP) troopers from the Pendleton Area Command office are continuing the investigation.
 
According to Sergeant Sterling Hall, on March 10, 2012 at approximately 10:53 p.m. an Elite Taxi Transport Services taxi cab driven by STEVEN D. CHRISTIANSEN, age 59, from Pendleton, was transporting two female passengers southbound on Highway 395 near milepost 4 to a residence when it struck a black cow on the roadway. The cow rolled over the top driver side of the vehicle.
 
CHRISTIANSEN died from injuries sustained in the crash. He was using safety restraints.
 
The two passengers were not injured. They are identified as right front passenger BRIANNA M. GILLETTE, age 27, from north Portland, and right rear passenger SHENIA N. WINTERTON, age 16, from Pendleton. Both were using safety restraints.
 
The highway was restricted to one lane for over two hours during the investigation. Trooper Ryan Sharp is the lead investigator.
 
Information regarding the cow's owner and how it accessed the road is not available for this release.
 
OSP troopers were assisted by Pendleton Police Department, Pendleton Ambulance, and ODOT.