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Fatal Traffic Crash - Bret Clodfelter Way and Highway 197 in The Dalles
Sergeant Julie Wilcox
Oregon State Police - The Dalles
(541) 296-9646

Oregon State Police (OSP) troopers are continuing the investigation into Sunday evening's two vehicle fatal traffic crash that resulted in the death of a The Dalles-area woman and injuries to a second person.
On November 1, 2009 at approximately 8:35 p.m. a 1996 Toyota Corolla driven by DIANA MARY GRAVES, age 37, from The Dalles, was westbound on Bret Clodfelter Way approaching the intersection with Highway 197 at a high rate of speed when it crashed into the rear of a stopped westbound 2005 Toyota 4Runner. The impact forced both vehicles across Highway 197 until they stopped on the west side near Lone Pine Drive.
OSP troopers and paramedics found GRAVES unresponsive and initiated CPR until she was pronounced deceased at the scene. She was not using safety restraints.
The driver of the Toyota 4Runner, KATHERINE ANN JINDRICH, age 29, from La Grande, was using safety restraints and received minor injuries. She was transported by ambulance to Mid-Columbia Medical Center where she was treated and released.
OSP troopers from The Dalles Area Command are continuing the investigation. Alcohol and speed are possible contributing factors.
Wasco County Sheriff's Office, The Dalles Police Department, Mid Columbia Fire & Rescue and ODOT assisted at the scene. Highway 197 was closed about three hours.