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Fatal Traffic Crash - Highway 86 west of Richland in Baker County
08/05/2012
Lieutenant Gregg Hastings
Public Information Officer
(503) 731-3020 ext 247
gregg.hastings@state.or.us

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Oregon State Police (OSP), with the assistance of Baker County Sheriff's Office, is continuing the investigation into Saturday evening's single vehicle traffic crash that resulted in the death of a Baker City-area mother and non-life threatening injuries to three juvenile-age boys on Highway 86 about fifteen miles west of Richland in Baker County.

On August 4, 2012 at approximately 7:15 p.m. a 1995 Suzuki Sidekick driven by TANYA MARIE WHITE, age 35, from Baker City, was westbound on Highway 86 near milepost 25. For an undetermined reason, the vehicle traveled onto the right gravel shoulder while negotiating a left curve. WHITE over-corrected causing the vehicle to spin about 180 degrees before flipping onto its side and sliding off the road through a fence. It came to rest on its passenger side about 15 feet below the highway.

WHITE was not using safety restraints and was ejected from the vehicle. She was pronounced deceased at the scene by medical responders.

The vehicle was also occupied by her two sons and a third juvenile male. Her sons, CHASE BRISTER, age 15, and CHANCE BRISTER, age 17, and a third boy, ZACHARY INGALLS, age 16, also from Baker City, were taken to area hospitals with non-life threatening injuries. All three have been treated and released. Safety restraint use by the 3 boys is pending investigative confirmation.

OSP troopers from the Baker City work site are continuing the investigation into the cause of the crash. Senior Trooper Ed Mercado is the lead investigator.

OSP was assisted at the scene by Baker County Sheriff's Office, Keating Ambulance, Eagle Valley Ambulance, and ODOT.