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FATAL CRASH ON HIGHWAY 11 IN UMATILLA COUNTY, OREGON

UMATILLA COUNTY, OR - On Friday, September 8, 2023, at approximately 5:04 P.M., the Oregon State Police responded to a multi-vehicle crash on Hwy-11, near Hwy-332, in Umatilla County.

The preliminary investigation indicated a Chevrolet Spark, operated by Prithvi Singh (30) of Milton-Freewater, exited the parking lot of a convenience store and turned northbound into the continuous left turn lane.  

The Chevrolet continued and entered into the northbound lane, where it was struck from behind by an Acura MDX, operated by Vicki Pearce (62) of Walla Walla (WA).

 The Chevy Spark traveled uncontrolled into the southbound lanes, where it struck a Jeep Grand Cherokee, operated by Mary Cowling (38) of Milton-Freewater. 

The operator (Singh) of the Chevy Spark was pronounced deceased at the scene.  

The operator of the Acura (Pearce) suffered minor injuries.

The operator (Cowling) and passenger, Troy Hahn (38) of Milton-Freewater, of the Jeep Grand Cherokee were transported to St. Mary's hospital in Walla Walla, WA by private vehicle with minor injuries.

The highway was impacted for approximately 5.5 hours during the on-scene investigation.

OSP was assisted by Umatilla County Sheriff's Office, Milton-Freewater Police Department, Milton-Freewater Fire Department, and ODOT.

 

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