Fatal Accident on Hwy 361 – Jefferson County
January 20, 2022

Jefferson County, Oregon (OR) – On January 18, 2022, Sergio Sanchez was detained following his release from the hospital. He was arrested and booked into the Jefferson County Jail on the following charges:
1. Manslaughter 1st Degree
2. Manslaughter 2nd Degree
3. Criminally Negligent Homicide
4. Assault 3rd Degree (DUII)
5. DUII – Alcohol
6. Reckless Driving
7. Reckless Endangering
8. Criminal Mischief 2nd Degree

Jefferson County, Oregon (OR) – On January 17, 2022, at around 10:34 AM, OSP Troopers and emergency workers assisted in a two-car collision on Highway 361 in milepost 3.

Based on the initial investigation, a southbound black Chevrolet Tahoe, driven by Sergio Suarez Sanchez, 36-year-old of Madras, went into the northbound lanes and crashed head-on with a gray Ram 3500, driven by John Wallace, 60-year-old of Metolius.

Both drivers were taken to local hospitals with injuries. The occupant of the Ram truck, Anna Wallace, 56-year-old of Metolius, suffered critical injuries and was declared dead at the hospital.

Hwy 361 was temporarily closed for around 5 hours for crash rebuilding. The incident is still under investigation as a criminal matter.

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