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Information Sought to Identify Driver Involved in Fatal Traffic Crash on Highway 395 North of Hermiston
12/20/2010
Lieutenant Gregg Hastings
Public Information Officer
(503) 731-3020 ext. 247

Oregon State Police (OSP) troopers are continuing the investigation into Sunday night's two vehicle fatal traffic crash on Highway 395 north of Hermiston. An unidentified passenger in one vehicle died and that vehicle's driver left the scene on foot and has not been positively identified or located. Five other vehicle occupants were injured and taken to a local hospital.
 
The initial investigation indicates on December 19, 2010 at approximately 10:43 p.m. a 1993 Chevrolet Blazer with three occupants was northbound on Highway 395 about 1 1/2 miles south of Highway 730 at a high rate of speed. The Chevrolet Blazer's unidentified driver lost control and crossed over into the southbound lanes where it collided head-on with a 2002 Chevrolet Tahoe with four occupants.
 
The Chevrolet Blazer's Hispanic male driver and an injured passenger left the scene before emergency responders arrived and found an unidentified Hispanic adult male passenger deceased inside their vehicle. The injured passenger identified as NOLBERTO GONZALEZ NERNAL, age not available, from Umatilla, was located later at Good Shepherd Medical Center in Hermiston with non-life threatening injuries.
 
The four occupants in the Chevrolet Tahoe, two adults and two children, were injured and transported to Good Shepherd Medical Center. They are identified as driver LIDIA TEJEDA, age 39, and passengers JOSE TEJEDA, age 41; ALEJANDRA TEJEDA, age 13; and, NAYEH TEJEDA, age 3. The 13-year old passenger had serious injuries and the others received minor injuries.
 
OSP troopers from the Pendleton and Hermiston offices are continuing the investigation. Anyone with information to help identify the driver who fled the scene is asked to call the OSP Pendleton Area Command office at (541) 278-4090 ext. 0.
 
OSP was assisted at the scene by Umatilla Police Department, Umatilla and Hermiston Fire Departments, and ODOT.
 
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