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News Release
Media Release
Media Release
Fatal Motor Vehicle Crash Closes Southwest Canal Boulevard for Over Two Hours (Photo) - 12/07/23

Released By: Sergeant Jason Wall

Release Date: December 7, 2023

Location: Mile Post 5 SW Canal Boulevard, south of Helmholtz Way

Driver #1: 30-year-old female, Redmond, Oregon

Vehicle #1: 2017 Ford Fusion

Driver #2: 42-year-old male, Bend Oregon

Vehicle #2: 2018 Chevrolet Silverado 2500



On December 6th, at 4:15 pm, Deschutes County 911 Dispatch received multiple calls reporting a motor vehicle crash on SW Canal Blvd, near mile post 5. Subjects on scene advised 911 Dispatch the female driver and sole occupant of the 2017 Ford Fusion was non-responsive. Shortly after the initial calls to 911 Dispatch were received an off-duty firefighter arrived on scene and attempted to render aid to the female driver. Redmond Fire/Paramedics arrived on scene and confirmed the female driver was deceased.

During the course of the investigation, it was determined the Ford Fusion was travelling north on SW Canal Blvd when it collided head on with the Chevrolet Silverado that was travelling south on SW Canal Blvd. Witness statements assisted investigators determine the Ford Fusion for unknown reasons was travelling in the on-coming lane when it struck the Chevrolet Silverado. The driver of the Silverado advised they were un-able to avoid the collision. The driver of the Silverado was not injured and cooperated fully with the investigation. The roadway was closed for over 2 hours during the investigation.

The Deschutes County Sheriff’s Office was assisted by the Redmond Police Department, Redmond Fire & Rescue, Oregon State Police, and the Deschutes County Road Department.

The Deschutes County Sheriff’s Office is a full-service agency that oversees the adult jail, provides patrol, criminal investigations, civil process and search and rescue operations. Special units include SWAT, Street Crimes, Marine Patrol, ATV Patrol, Forest Patrol, along with six K9 teams. Founded in 1916 and today led by your duly elected Sheriff L. Shane Nelson, the Deschutes County Sheriff’s Office serves over 200,000 residents in Deschutes County. The agency has 263 authorized and funded personnel, which includes 178 sworn employees who provide services to the 3,055 square miles of Deschutes County.

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