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Fatal Traffic Crash - Highway 97 near Wasco
05/24/2012
Lieutenant Gregg Hastings
Public Information Officer
(503) 731-3020 ext. 247
gregg.hastings@state.or.us

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Oregon State Police (OSP) troopers are continuing the investigation into Thursday morning's two vehicle crash that resulted in the death of a 33-year old Washington man on Highway 97 near Wasco.
 
According to Trooper Mark Jubitz, on May 24, 2012 at approximately 9:00 a.m. a 1994 Ferrari 348 coupe driven by GABRIEL PIGOTTI, age 33, from Seattle, Washington, was southbound onHighway 97 near milepost 10 approaching the intersection with Mud Hollow Road when it collided with a northbound 2011 Ford Edge four-door that was turning left toward Mud Hollow Road. The Ferrari came to an uncontrolled stop about 20 feet off the highway and the Ford stopped in the southbound lane.
 
The Ford's driver, PETER J. MACNAB, age 90, from Wasco, was transported by Sherman County Rural ambulance to Mid-Columbia Medical Center in The Dalles with minor injuries.
 
PIGOTTI was extricated by fire personnel and transported by air ambulance to Mid-Columbia Medical Center where he was pronounced deceased over two hours later.
 
Both drivers were using safety restraints.
 
OSP troopers from The Dalles Area Command office are continuing the investigation into the cause of the crash. Witnesses at the scene told troopers that speed on part of the Ferrari may be a possible contributing factor.
 
Troopers were assisted at the scene by Sherman County Sheriff's Office, Sherman County Rural Fire Protection District, Sherman County Road Department, and ODOT. The highway was closed about one hour and open to one lane during the scene investigation.

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