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Fatal Traffic Crash - Highway 7 near Sumpter
03/26/2010
Lieutenant Gregg Hastings
Public Information Officer
(503) 731-3020 ext. 247

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Four Baker City High School students returning from an overnight spring break camping trip were involved in a single vehicle traffic crash Friday afternoon resulting in the death of one person and serious injuries to three others. Oregon State Police (OSP) troopers are continuing the investigation into the crash that happened on Highway 7 about two miles north of Phillips Reservoir near Sumpter.
 
The victim is identified as middle rear passenger KAYLA PETTY, age 17, from Baker City. One of three occupants ejected, she was pronounced deceased at the scene.
 
According to OSP Senior Trooper Jeff Spencer, on March 26, 2010 at approximately 1:22 p.m. a 2001 Nissan Pathfinder driven by KASEY KNAUS, age 16, from Baker City, was northbound on Highway 7 near milepost 36 entering a left curve when it drifted into loose gravel on the right shoulder. KNAUS attempted to correct the vehicle but lost control and subsequently rolled an unknown amount of times before coming to a rest on its wheels on the opposite of the guardrail. Three of the four occupants, including KNAUS, were ejected from the vehicle.
 
Left rear passenger JEFFERY GIVENS, age 18, from Baker City, was ejected and critically injured. GIVENS was initially transported to a Baker City hospital then taken by LifeFlight to St. Alphonsus Regional Medical Center in Boise, Idaho.
 
Right front passenger KATIRAH HUFF, age 15, from Baker City, was seriously injured and transported by ambulance to St. Elizabeth Hospital in Baker City.
 
KNAUS received non-life threatening injuries and was transported by ambulance to St. Elizabeth Hospital in Baker City.
 
Both persons ejected from the rear seat were not using safety restraints. Use by the two other occupants is pending confirmation through the investigation.
 
OSP troopers from the Baker City and La Grande offices are continuing the investigation. Baker County Sheriff's Office, Sumpter Quick Response, Baker City Fire Department and ODOT assisted at the scene. The highway was closed about 90 minutes.