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News Release
Fatal Crash - HWY 97 - Deschutes County - 03/28/24

Deschutes County, Ore. 27 Mar. 24- On Wednesday, March 27, 2024, at 8:24 p.m., Oregon State Police responded to a vehicle versus pedestrian crash on Hwy-97 (Bend Parkway), near milepost 139, in Deschutes County.

The preliminary investigation indicated a southbound Freightliner and trailer, operated by Gurwinder Singh (34) of Tracy (CA), struck a pedestrian, James Ray Carter (75) of bend, in the fast lane.

The pedestrian (Carter) was declared deceased at the scene.

The operator of the Freightliner (Singh) was reportedly not injured.

The highway was impacted for approximately four hours during the on-scene investigation. The cause of the crash is under investigation.

OSP was assisted by the Bend Police Department, Bend Fire and Rescue, Deschutes County Sheriff's Department, and ODOT.

 

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