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Double Fatal Traffic Crash - Highway 20 north of Nyssa
Sergeant Jason Reese
Oregon State Police - Ontario
(541) 889-6469

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Oregon State Police (OSP) troopers are continuing the investigation into Friday morning's single vehicle fatal traffic crash that resulted in the death of two adult females on Highway 20 about two miles north of Nyssa. Both victims from Ontario and were not using safety restraints. Investigating troopers confirmed who was driving the vehicle and are now releasing their names after next of kin notifications were completed.
This fatal traffic crash is a tragic reminder of the importance to buckle up at all times when traveling. Starting May 23rd, Oregon State Police and other law enforcement agencies statewide and nationally have been focusing extra enforcement efforts toward unbuckled vehicle occupants, including child passengers, and impaired and other dangerous drivers. The national "Click It or Ticket" campaign runs through the 2011 Memorial Day holiday weekend and concludes June 5th.
According to Sergeant Jason Reese, on May 27, 2011 at approximately 5:58 a.m. a 2001 GMC Jimmy sport utility vehicle driven by KAYLA GOMEZ, age 23, from Ontario, was northbound on Highway 20 near milepost 263 when the vehicle drifted off the left shoulder of the highway. GOMEZ over-corrected and the vehicle rolled several times on the west side shoulder, ejecting both female occupants. The vehicle came to rest on its wheels facing southbound in an irrigation ditch filled with water.
GOMEZ and passenger JOANNA CHAIDEZ, age 22, also from Ontario, were pronounced deceased at the scene. They were not using safety restraints.
OSP troopers from the Ontario Area Command office are also investigating alcohol as a possible contributing factor.
OSP Sergeant Jason Reese noted the greatest dangers to unbelted or improperly belted occupants are the significant likelihood and consequences of ejection from a motor vehicle.
"Unbelted or improperly belted occupants are five times more likely to be ejected in a crash than one who is belted. The odds of surviving ejected from a motor vehicle are estimated at one in four," said Reese.
The crash scene was restricted to one lane during the investigation of the crash by ODOT. Treasure Valley Paramedics also assisted at the scene.
More information about Oregon's "Click It or Ticket" campaign and safety tips for this weekend's Memorial Day holiday is available on our website at: