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Fatal Traffic Crash - Highway 11 at Athena Junction
07/20/2008
Lieutenant Greg Sherman
Oregon State Police - Pendleton
Office: (541) 278-4090

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A Puyallup, Washington motorcycle operator died and his wife was critically injured Saturday afternoon when they collided with a turning pickup on Highway 11 at the Athena Junction in northeast Oregon.
 
According to Oregon State Police (OSP) Lieutenant Greg Sherman, on July 19, 2008 at approximately 5:00 p.m. OSP troopers and local emergency personnel responded to a two vehicle crash involving a motorcycle and a pickup towing a horse trailer on Highway 11 near milepost 16.
 
Preliminary investigation indicates the pickup driven by HANS SCHROEDER, age 40, from Athena, was traveling northbound on Highway 11 making a left turn toward the town of Athena when it was struck in the right front bumper by a southbound motorcycle with two occupants.
 
Motorcycle operator DAVID LARRY SUNDSTROM, age 61, was deceased at the scene. His wife, JEANINE CAROLYN SUNDSTROM, age 52, was the passenger and was critically injured. She was transported by Athena/Weston Medic 400 to St. Mary's Hospital in Walla Walla, Washington. As of Sunday morning she remains in critical condition. Both were wearing protective helmets.
 
SCHROEDER and his two female passengers, ages 19 and 20, were not injured.
 
OSP troopers from the Pendleton Area Command Office are continuing the investigation with the assistance of the Umatilla County District Attorney's Office. ODOT and Umatilla Tribal Police Department assisted at the scene.
 
The highway was narrowed to a single lane of travel for approximately 3 1/2 hours.