Fatal Accident on Hwy 97 in Deschutes County, OR
September 20, 2022

Deschutes County, Oregon (OR) – On September 16, 2022, Oregon State Police Troopers and emergency crews reacted to a four-vehicle collision on Highway 97 close to milepost 127, south of Redmond, at roughly 8:15 a.m.

Initial investigations showed that a silver 2003 Jeep Liberty driven by a 16-year-old female Redmond resident was moving southbound when she conducted a lane change and lost control of the car for unclear reasons. The Jeep Liberty traversed into oncoming traffic, colliding with a black 2018 Jeep Renegade driving northbound. The Jeep Renegade was pushed onto the northbound shoulder and repeatedly rolled. The Jeep Liberty was then struck by a northbound white 2012 GMC Yukon, followed by another car, a grey 2017 Toyota Camry, moving southbound behind the Jeep Liberty.

The silver Jeep Liberty was driven by a 16-year-old female Redmond resident who died as a result of her injuries. Araceli Rodriguez Giles, 21-year-old of Bend, drove the Jeep Renegade, which had occupants: Brayan Olvera, 23-year-old of Bend, Victorina Giles, 53-year-old of Bend, and a 16-year-old male. Giles and the 16-year-old passenger in this car were taken to a hospital in the Bend area and treated for non-life-threatening injuries. Bradly Pearce, a 43-year-old from Bend, drove the white GMC Yukon. Pearce was unharmed.

Amie Gassner, 39-year-old of Central Point, drove the 2017 Toyota Camry. Jamie Richmond, 39-year-old, and a 12-year-old female occupant in the car were taken via ground ambulance and treated for non-life-threatening injuries.

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