A Redmond man died after a Dec. 26 head-on collision on the icy Maple Avenue Bridge, according to a Redmond Police news release.
Randy Slocum, 52, a passenger in a 2002 Ford Explorer, driven by Anesha Slocum, 39, also of Redmond, died in the crash that happened shortly after 9:30 p.m., police said. Anesha Slocum was driving west on the bridge over Dry Canyon just when her vehicle slid into the path of a 2016 Kia Optima, driven by Cristina Vasquez, 26, of Redmond, police said.
After the Ford and Kia collided head on, a 2000 Jeep Cherokee, driven by Brian Beamer, 36, of Redmond, collided with the back of Vasquez’s car.
The Slocums and Vasquez and two 7-year-old passengers in Vasquez’s car were taken to area hospitals for treatment, police said.
Police were told Dec. 27 that Randy Slocum died as a result of injuries sustained in the collision.
Vasquez reported that one of the 7-year-olds suffered a broken femur, wrist and arm, while the other did not have significant injuries, police said.
The crash remains under investigation, but initial investigation shows drug and alcohol impairment do not appear to be factors, while child safety restraint usage or lack of usage is being considered as a contributing factor to the injuries the children suffered, police said.
All Redmond’s roads were covered in ice from earlier precipitation that had frozen at the time of the crash, and police were responding to several minor crashes and a robbery, police said.
A Deschutes County Sheriff’s deputy arrived on the scene shortly after the crash and assisted injured people, police said.
Redmond Police and Redmond Fire and Rescue also came to assist people and investigate.