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Fatal Traffic Crash - Highway 97 south of Bend
03/26/2008
Sergeant Paul Collinsworth
Oregon State Police - Bend
Office: (541) 388-6213

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A La Pine-area woman died Wednesday morning in a two vehicle crash on Highway 97 south of Bend.
 
On March 26, 2008 at approximately 7:00 a.m., Oregon State Police troopers responded to a two-vehicle crash near the High Desert Museum south of Bend on Highway 97.  Preliminary investigation indicates that a 1999 Ford utility driven by LAUREL INDA, age 56, from Bend, was southbound on Highway 97 near milepost 145 when she lost control, crossed the center line and collided with a northbound 1994 Toyota Corolla driven by JOSEPH JACKSON, age 74, from La Pine.
 
Both drivers, along with a right front passenger of the Toyota Corolla, sustained injuries. All occupants were using safety restraintgs and were transported by ambulance to St. Charles Medical Center in Bend. There are no indications of alcohol or drug use by either driver.
 
As a result of the crash, ALTHEA R. JACKSON, age 69, from La Pine, who was the right-front passenger in the Toyota Corolla, passed away approximately 4 hours later while being attended to at St. Charles Medical Center.
 
INDA was treated and released from the hospital with minor injuries.
 
JACKSON was being held overnight for further observation of non-life threatening injuries.
 
The investigating trooper stated at the time of the crash Highway 97 was extremely hazardous due to the ice and snow which had accumulated overnight.
 
"Drivers need to be aware that winter driving conditions are still likely in central Oregon. It is imperative that drivers slow down, especially if they have already removed their traction tires, and account for their increase in travel time," says OSP Sergeant Paul Collinsworth.
 
Oregon State Police troopers from the Bend Area Command office are continuing the investigation.  Deschutes County Sheriff's Office, Deschutes County District Attorney's Office, ODOT and local emergency response personnel assisted at the scene.