On December 20, 2016 at about , OSP Troopers and emergency personnel responded to the report of a multiple vehicle crash on Highway 97 near milepost 126 (south of Redmond). Upon arrival, emergency responders found one driver deceased and two other drivers injured.
Preliminary investigation revealed a 2006 Saturn Ion sedan was traveling south on Highway 97 when it lost control while making a pass. The Saturn slid sideways into the northbound lanes where it was struck (t-boned) by a 2005 Pontiac sedan that had been traveling northbound in the fast lane. The Saturn then struck a northbound 2017 BMW X5 (that had been traveling in the slow lane) before coming to rest on the highway.
The driver of the Saturn, Kylee J BRUCE, age 24, of Redmond, was pronounced deceased at the scene. The driver of the Pontiac, Josue CHAVEZ SORIANO, age 46, of Redmond received non-life threatening injuries and was taken to Saint Charles in Redmond. The driver of the BMW, Jennifer A OULMAN, age 37, of Redmond also received non-life threatening injuries and was taken to Saint Charles in Bend.
Highway 97 was completely closed for an hour and a half. One lane was then opened for alternating traffic before the highway was returned to normal traffic about . OSP was assisted by the Deschutes County Sheriff's Office, Redmond Police, Bend Police, Redmond Fire and Rescue and the Oregon Department of Transportation.
OSP is seeking witnesses to the crash. Any persons who may have seen the crash occur is asked to call the Oregon State Police Northern Command Center at 503-375-3555. More information will be released as it becomes available as this is an ongoing investigation.