Hwy. 197 Fatal, Wasco Co.
On Monday, November 29, 2021, at approximately 8:36AM, Oregon State Police Troopers and emergency personnel responded to a two-vehicle crash on Hwy 197 near milepost 12. Preliminary investigation revealed a southbound Ford Windstar van, operated by Barbara Dillon (77) of Klamath Falls, drifted into the oncoming lane of travel and collided with a northbound Ford F-350, operated by Stephen Hart (66) of Tygh Valley. Dillon sustained fatal injuries and was pronounced deceased. Hart was transported to the Mid-Columbia Medical Center with injuries. Hwy 197 was closed for approximately 3.5 hours.
Hwy. 97 Fatal, Deschutes Co.
On Saturday, November 27, 2021 at approximately 10:00 PM, Oregon State Police and emergency personnel responded to a vehicle versus pedestrian crash on Highway 97 near milepost 124. Preliminary investigation revealed a pedestrian, Kara Shepherd (44) of Redmond, was attempting to cross four lanes of travel and was struck by a northbound Lexus RX330, operated by Erin Behzadian (37) of Redmond. Shepherd sustained fatal injuries and was pronounced deceased. Behzadian was not injured and remained on scene and cooperated with the investigation.