Released by; Sgt. Kent Vander Kamp
Location: US Highway 97 at Mile Post 157, 1.5 miles south of Vandervert Rd - La Pine.
INVOLVED VEHICLES AND OCCUPANTS:
VEH 1: 078DDJ 1998 WHITE DODGE 2500 TOWING A HORSE TRAILER WITH ONE HORSE. DRIVER: TERRY HOCKETT (69 y/o male of Redmond, OR) PASSENGER: MARY HOCKETT (59 y/o female of Redmond, Oregon).
VEH 2: 345GZD 2005 GOLD CHEVY CLASSIC 4D. DRIVER: DAKOTA JUST (21 y/o male of La Pine, OR).
VEH 3: ZPT704 1995 WHITE/ SILVER FORD F250. DRIVER: AUSTIN KENTNER (20 y/o male of La Pine, OR).
On October 21, 2017, at approximately 0446 hours, Deschutes County Sheriff's Office Deputies were dispatched to a reported motor vehicle accident (MVA) near mile post 157 on Hwy 97. Deschutes County 911 received reports that three vehicles and a horse trailer were involved and there was possibly someone trapped.
Deputies arrived to find approximately three inches of fresh snow on the highway and visibility was down to less than 100 yards due to the blowing snow.
Investigators believe VEH 1 was travelling north bound when it lost control due to the slick roads and crossed the center line ending up perpendicular to the road way with the front of his vehicle on top of the guard rail. Terry and Mary Hockett were outside their vehicle assessing the damage when VEH 2, travelling south bound approached the scene. VEH 2, driven by Dakota Just, was unable to stop safely on the slick roads and slid into Mary Hockett as she was standing near the front passenger side of VEH 1. Mary Hockett was struck and trapped between the northbound guard rail and the front side of VEH 2. VEH 3 also was unable to safely stop and struck VEH 2 from behind.
Dave Towers, an off-duty Klamath County Fire District No. 1 paramedic who lives in Redmond, was passing by and stopped to provide critical aid to Mary Hockett. La Pine Fire Department Paramedics arrived soon after and transported Mary Hockett to St. Charles Medical Center - Bend with life threatening injuries. Dakota Just was also transported to St. Charles Medical Center -- Bend with non-life threatening injuries.
The horse inside the trailer attached to VEH 1 was frightened and uninjured. It was later transferred to another trailer and returned home.
The Deschutes County Sheriff's Office would like to remind our citizens and visitors that central Oregon weather can be unpredictable and change rapidly during the fall and winter seasons. As winter approaches, roadways can become snowy and slippery with little notice. When driving in the snow or on ice, please accelerate and decelerate slowly. Applying the gas slowly to accelerate is the best method for regaining traction and avoiding skids. Don't try to get moving in a hurry. Keep safe distances between vehicles and take time to slow down when stopping. Remember: It takes longer to slow down on icy roads.
Deschutes County Sheriff's Office Deputies were assisted during this incident by the Sunriver Police Department, Oregon State Police, ODOT and the La Pine Fire Department.
CORRECTION: The agency the off-duty paramedic works for was changed because of incorrect information initially provided to the Spokesman.