Oregon State Police (OSP) troopers are continuing the investigation into Saturday evening’s two-vehicle traffic crash on Highway 97 north of Redmond that resulted in the death of two people and injuries to a third person.
According to Sgt. David Pond, on Dec. 15, at about 6:30 p.m., a 2012 Ford Focus driven by Justin A. Hendrix, 19, Madras, was northbound on Hwy. 97 near milepost 114 followed by a 2000 Ford F250 pickup driven by Richard Bruce Fraker, 68, Vancouver. The pickup tried to pass the car in a prohibited passing area on the snow-covered road and the driver lost control. The pickup crashed into the car and both traveled off the east side of the highway.
Hendrix brought his car to a controlled stop. The pickup rolled onto its top off the highway, trapping its three occupants.
An OSP officer drove up onto the scene and started emergency medical care until relieved by firefighters and paramedics from Redmond Fire and Rescue.
Richard Fraker and right front passenger Terry Anne Clampitt, 47, were dead at the scene. Rear passenger Barbara Fraker, 67, was injured and transported to St. Charles Medical Center in Redmond.