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Fatal Traffic Crash - Highway 95 south of Burns Junction
11/29/2010
Sergeant Jason Reese
Oregon State Police - Ontario
(541) 889-6469 ext. 712

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Oregon State Police (OSP) troopers are continuing the investigation into Sunday morning's single vehicle fatal traffic crash on Highway 95 south of Burns Junction that resulted in the death of an adult male driver and injuries to a female passenger.
 
On November 28, 2010 at approximately 9:30 a.m. a 2003 Ford F250 pickup driven by PETE LILES, age 53, from Eldorado Hills, California was southbound on Highway 95 near milepost 86 when it started to slide on the icy roads. LILES tried to correct the sliding pickup but it traveled off the roadway onto the east side shoulder. The pickup rolled several times and came to rest on the driver's side about 50 feet off the highway.
 
LILES was pronounced deceased at the scene by emergency responders.
 
The 43-year old female passenger, TINA STEPHENS from Eldorado Hills, freed herself from the overturned pickup. She was transported by McDermitt Ambulance to Winnemucca Hospital in Winnemucca, Nevada with non-life threatening injuries.
 
Both occupants were using safety restraints and the pickup's airbags did not deploy. They were returning to California from Weiser, Idaho where they spent Thanksgiving weekend.
 
OSP troopers from the Ontario Area Command office are continuing the investigation.
 
Jordan Valley Ambulance, ODOT and the Malheur County Sheriff's Office assisted at the scene.