DESCHUTES COUNTY, OR - On Friday, July 28, 2023, at approximately 4:26 P.M., the Oregon State Police responded to a two-vehicle crash on Hwy-20, near milepost 15, in Deschutes County.
The preliminary investigation indicated a Subaru Forester, operated by Janet Diane Abelein (68) of Portland, was traveling eastbound on Hwy 20 in Tumalo when the driver made a U-turn in the middle of the highway. The Subaru was t-boned by a Ford F350, operated by Policarpo Vasquez Prudente (46) of Redmond, which was also traveling eastbound.
All occupants were transported from the scene to local hospitals for treatment.
The operator for the Subaru (Janet Abelein) was later declared deceased a the hospital. A passenger in the Subaru, Dwayne Milo Abelein (65) of Portland, received treatment for injuries.
The highway was impacted for approximately 1 hour during the on-scene investigation.
OSP was assisted by the Deschutes County Sheriffs' Office, Bend Fire, Sisters Fire, and ODOT.