JEFFERSON COUNTY, OR (April 11, 2023) - The Oregon State Police (OSP) is reporting that on Sunday, April 9, 2023, at approximately 9:39 P.M., OSP responded to a three-vehicle crash on Highway 97, near milepost 102, in Jefferson County.
The preliminary investigation indicated a Chrysler Town & Country, operated by Enrique Santellano Reynoso (53) of Madras, was driving northbound on U.S. 97 when it crossed the centerline and side swiped a southbound Nissan Rogue, operated by Lupe Verbena Galicia (23) of Warm Springs, causing damage to the driver's side of the Rogue. The Chrysler then crashed head on with a southbound Jeep Wrangler, operated by Dustin Evan Ferren (23) of Madras.
The occupants of the Nissan Rogue were not injured. The driver of the Jeep (Ferren) was life flighted to the hospital with serious injuries. The driver of the Chrysler (Reynoso) was pronounced deceased at the scene.
The cause of the crash is under investigation.
The highway was impacted for 3.5 hours while the on-scene investigation was conducted.
OSP was assisted by the Madras Police Department and the Jefferson County Sheriffs' Office.