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Fatal Traffic Crash - Highway 95 Spur entering Annex
03/16/2009
Sergeant Jason A. Reese
Oregon State Police - Ontario
Office: (541) 889-6469 ext. 712

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The identity of the driver who died Sunday morning in eastern Oregon when the car he was driving failed to negotiate a curve and caught fire after colliding with a power pole on entering the town of Annex is being released. Next of kin have been notified.
 
Preliminary investigation indicates on March 15, 2009 at approximately 5:35 a.m. a 2001 Dodge Stratus driven by JULIO ALBERTO HERNANDEZ, age 18, from Nampa, Idaho was northbound on Highway 95 Spur near Quince Road entering Annex when it failed to negotiate a curve. The car impacted into a power pole, shearing it off at its base, and came to rest on its side against a second power pole. Upon impact with the power poles the car burst into flames.
 
Weiser, Idaho Fire and Ambulance and Washington County, Idaho Sheriffs Office arrived, put out the fire and confirmed the fatality.
 
Preliminary investigation tentatively identified HERNANDEZ as the victim. Information pointed to him as the driver prior to the crash.
 
OSP troopers from the Ontario Area Command office are continuing the investigation with the assistance of Idaho State Police and Payette, Idaho Police Department. Alcohol is a possible contributing factor.
 
Idaho Power, Weiser Fire and Ambulance, Washington County Sheriff's Office, Malheur County Sheriff's Office, and ODOT assisted at the scene. The highway was closed for 4 hours.