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Fatal Traffic Crash - Highway 11 north of Pendleton
09/13/2011
Lieutenant Gregg Hastings
Public Information Officer
(503) 731-3020 ext. 247

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Oregon State Police (OSP) is continuing the investigation into a single vehicle fatal traffic crash discovered early Tuesday morning by a passing motorist along Highway 11 about five miles north of Pendleton. The crash resulted in the death of one adult male and critical injury to a second adult male.
 
According to OSP Senior Trooper Lisa Sater, on September 13, 2011 at approximately 5:52 a.m. a passing motorist spotted a crashed vehicle about 200 feet off Highway 11 near milepost 5, stopped and also discovered two bodies in the ditch on the side the highway. OSP and Pendleton Fire Department responded to the scene where ABEL JOSEPH TREJO, age 25, from Pendleton, was pronounced deceased and the second person, BROCK ADAM MECHAM, age 22, from Pendleton, was found critically injured.
 
MECHAM was initially transported by ground ambulance to St. Anthony's Hospital in Pendleton. He was transported later by air ambulance to Oregon Health & Sciences University in Portland where he is in critical condition this afternoon.
 
Preliminary investigation indicates at an unknown time overnight the 1994 Toyota 4Runner sport utility vehicle was southbound at a high rate of speed on a straight stretch of Highway 11 when it traveled across the northbound lane and off the highway, rolling multiple times before coming to rest on its left side. Both men were not using safety restraints and were ejected from the vehicle.
 
OSP has not determined which occupant was driving at the time of the crash. Alcohol is being investigated as a possible contributing factor.
 
OSP was assisted at the scene by ODOT and Pendleton Fire Department.
 
Anyone with information to assist in this investigation, including where the two men were overnight and who was driving the vehicle, is asked to contact Senior Trooper Sater at (541) 278-4090 ext. 4814.