January 3, 2017

Fatal accident includes Redmond woman

From the Redmond Police Department

Redmond woman died in auto accident 

   Just after noon today, December 29, Deschutes County 911 Dispatch received several calls of a motor vehicle crash at the intersection of SW Highland Ave (Oregon Hwy 126) and SW 35th Street, Redmond. Initial reports indicated three vehicles were involved and one of the occupants was trapped and not breathing. After law enforcement had arrived, it was determined one driver was deceased.

   Preliminary investigation has indicated, a southbound Honda CRV had stopped at the stop sign on SW 35th Street at SW Highland Ave and was attempting to cross the highway to continue south on SW 35th Street. While attempting to cross, the vehicle was struck on the driver side by a westbound Dodge pickup pulling a utility trailer. Both vehicles traveled off the roadway, stopping in a field.

   The driver of the Honda CRV, a 32-year-old female, and Redmond resident, died at the scene. Two juveniles were inside the Honda CRV at the time. They both went to St. Charles Medical Center – Redmond, with apparent non-life threatening injuries. The driver was the only occupant of the Dodge pickup. That driver refused medical treatment at the scene. That driver is also cooperating with investigators.

***Update (start)
   With the family’s permission, the Redmond Police Department released the name of the female driver who died  in the motor vehicle crash at SW Highland Ave & SW 35th Street, Redmond.

Deceased / Ennis, Jessica M; 32 years of age, Redmond resident.

   The investigation remains open. All reports, once completed, will be forwarded to the Deschutes County District Attorney’s Office, which is standard in all death investigations.
***Update (end)

   At this time, it is too early to determine the speed of the vehicles involved, or if intoxicants or distraction were contributing factors. This is an ongoing investigation. No arrests have been made and no citations have been issued.

   SW Highland Ave, at this location, has a posted speed limit of 45 miles per hour and has the right-of-way through the intersection. SW 35th Street has a stop sign at this intersection. There are no left turn lanes currently at the location. At the time of the crash, the roadway was bare and dry.

   Since January 1st, 2015, there have been 9 traffic crashes at this intersection which Redmond police have responded. This location does not have the most number of vehicle crashes in Redmond. Other locations in Redmond with more crashes, since January 1st, 2015, are: S Hwy 97/SW Veterans Way (25), S Hwy 97/SW Odem Medo Rd (11), SW 6th St/SW Glacier Ave (11), and S Hwy 97/SW Evergreen Ave (9). All of the other mentioned intersections have traffic lights.

   SW 35th Street/SW Highland Ave intersection is slated for improvements, in the form of left turn lanes. According to the City of Redmond Engineering Department, the project is scheduled to go out to bid in January, with project completion in May or June. Your Redmond Police, Engineering, and Public Works Departments and the Oregon Department of Transportation are working together to make this and every intersection safe.
   Your Redmond Police Department is very concerned with the safety of everyone driving, riding, walking or otherwise using our roadways. By using the “4 E’s of Traffic Safety,” Engineering, Education, Enforcement, and EMS, our roadways can be made safe. However, the most important part of traffic safety is the individual and the decisions he or she makes. Please slow down, pay attention, and leave plenty of space between you and the vehicle in front of you. Eliminate distractions in your vehicle, “unplug” yourself while driving and enjoy the journey.

   Redmond police were assisted by the Deschutes County Sheriff’s Office, Bend Police Department, Oregon State Police, Redmond Public Works – Transportation Division, Oregon Department of Transportation, Deschutes County Medical Examiners Office, Central Oregon Police Chaplaincy, and Redmond Fire & Rescue.

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