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Fatal Traffic Crash - Highway 97 south of Bend
07/03/2010
Sergeant David MacKenzie
Oregon State Police - Bend / Madras
(541) 388-6213 ext. 514

Oregon State Police (OSP) troopers are continuing the investigation into a two vehicle fatal traffic crash that resulted in the death of an adult female early Saturday morning on Highway 97 approximately six miles south of Bend.
 

According to OSP Trooper Robert Olson, on July 3, 2010 at approximately 3:30 a.m. a 2003 Dodge Neon driven by LAURIE ELIZABETH HOBSON, age 48, was traveling southbound in the northbound lanes on Highway 97 near the top of Lava Butte around milepost 149. The Dodge Neon collided head-on with a northbound 1998 Oldsmobile Bravada driven by AARON WALKER, age 28, from LaPine.
 

HOBSON, who has address information in SW Portland and Sunriver, was pronounced deceased at the scene.
 
WALKER was transported by ambulance to St. Charles Medical Center in Bend with minor injuries.
 

Both operators were using safety restraints.
 
Northbound lanes of Highway 97 was blocked for approximately 2 1/2 hours and the southbound traffic was restricted to one lane.  OSP troopers from the Bend and Madras offices are continuing the investigation.
 
OSP troopers were assisted at the scene by the Deschutes County Sheriff's Office, Sunriver Fire Department, and ODOT.