DESCHUTES COUNTY, OR - The Oregon State Police is reporting that on Tuesday, December 19, 2023, shortly after midnight, OSP troopers responded to a pedestrian struck by a vehicle on Highway 97 at NW Maple Avenue near Redmond.  

The preliminary investigation indicated that Deschutes County 9-1-1 received a call of a person sitting in the median of an unlighted portion of Highway 97 near the NE Maple Avenue overpass at approximately 12:19 a.m.  

A short time later, Corey Lee Smith, 52, of Warm Springs was in the right northbound lane of Highway 97 when he was struck by a Ford F-150 operated by Brandon Wayne Boland, 48, of Redmond.  

Smith was pronounced deceased at the scene.   

The driver of the Ford and a passenger were uninjured.  

The northbound lanes of Highway 97 were closed for approximately three hours.  

OSP was assisted by the Redmond Police Department, Redmond Fire Department, and Oregon Department of Transportation.  


About the Oregon State PoliceOregon State Police (OSP) is a multi-disciplined organization that is charged with protecting the people, wildlife, and natural resources in Oregon. OSP enforces traffic laws on the state’s roadways, investigates and solves crime, conducts postmortem examinations and forensic analysis, and provides background checks, and law enforcement data. The agency regulates gaming and enforces fish, wildlife, and natural resource laws. OSP is comprised of more than 1,400 staff members – including troopers, investigators, and professional staff – who provide a full range of policing and public safety services to Oregon and other law enforcement agencies throughout Oregon.


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