Family Died in a Multi-Vehicle Accident in Deschutes County, OR
October 16, 2023

Deschutes County, Oregon (OR) – On October 12, 2023, at approximately 7:27 p.m., OSP were called to a multiple-car incident near milepost 118 at HWY-97 in Deschutes County, OR.

According to a preliminary investigation, a northbound Chevrolet Silverado driven by Jesse Carl Ross, 43-year-old of Corvallis, Montana, crossed the center line, sideswiped a southbound Kenworth truck and trailer driven by Thiara Onkar Singh, 50-year-old of Livingston, California, and then plowed into a northbound Toyota Rav4 driven by Gary J. Rutledge, 57-year-old of Troutdale. The Toyota then caught fire and was destroyed. Gary Rutledge, the driver of the Toyota, and his family, Michelle Jean Windsor Rutledge, 53-year-old, Kate Rutledge, 15-year-old, and Ryan Rutledge, 17-year-old were all reported dead at the site.

Ross, the driver of the Chevrolet, was injured and taken to a nearby hospital. Singh, the Kenworth driver, sustained no wounds. The road was affected for almost 4 hours of investigation. Together with the district attorney’s office, the Oregon State Police are continuing their investigation.

Redmond Fire, Redmond, PD, ODOT, and the Deschutes County Sheriff’s Office all assisted OSP.

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