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Fatal Traffic Crash-Interstate 84 West of LaGrande
Sergeant Jason Stone
Oregon State Police
LaGrande Patrol Office

A child died and the parents were seriously injured in a single vehicle rollover crash on I-84 eastbound near mile post 260, west of LaGrande. Oregon State Police (OSP) Troopers from the LaGrande Area Command are continuing the investigation.

According to OSP Trooper Grant Jackson, on June 1st, 2010 at about 6:55 pm, a 2005 Nissan pickup driven by SALAVAT MECHENKO, age 22, from Willow Springs MO, was eastbound on Interstate 84 near milepost 260 when he failed to negotiate a curve. The vehicle left the highway and rolled over in the median. Salavat, and his daughter, ALICE MECHENKO, age 3 months, both were ejected from the vehicle. Alice Mechenko was pronounced deceased at the hospital. Salavat's wife, ANNA MECHENKO, age 20, was not ejected. Salavat and Anna suffered serious injuries in the crash. Initial investigation suggests that safety restraints were not in use.

OSP was assisted at the scene by Union County Sheriff's Office, LaGrande Fire and Ambulance, Island City Fire Department and ODOT.