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Saturday, November 27, 2021

Release: Fatal multi-vehicle crash on Highway 97 in Deschutes County

From Oregon State Police, Thursday, Nov. 11, 8:38 a.m.

On November 10, 2021, at 4:51 P.M., OSP responded to a multi-vehicle crash on Highway 97 milepost 114 near Terrebonne. A silver Hyundai Elantra, driven by Karl Thompson (58) of Metolius, was southbound on Highway 97 when it attempted to pass a southbound black Dodge Ram on the shoulder.

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The Dodge Ram was driven by Kyle Jensen (32) of Redmond. When the Elantra reentered the southbound lane, it struck the front of the Dodge Ram, sending the Elantra into the northbound lane. The Elantra then struck a Nissan Pathfinder, driven by Jessica Shaw (33) of Metolius. The Pathfinder was pushed into the southbound lane when it was struck by a Dodge Tow Truck, driven by Austin Ontjes (26) of Terrebonne.

The driver of the Pathfinder, Jessica Shaw, was pronounced deceased at the scene. The passenger in the Elantra, Emmanuel Pina-Lopez (29) of Madras, was transported to an area hospital with serious injuries. The Driver of the Tow Truck, Austin Ontjes reported minor injuries. Karl Thompson, Kyle Jensen, his passengers along with the passenger of the Tow Truck did not report any injuries.

The highway was closed for 6 hours. OSP was assisted at the scene by Deschutes County Sheriff’s Office, Redmond Fire, Redmond Police Department, and the Oregon Department of Transportation. The investigation is ongoing.

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