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Fatal Crash with Wrong-Way Driver in Umatilla County


On Friday July 29, 2022, at about 8:05 PM, Oregon State Police (OSP) Troopers and emergency personnel responded to a two-vehicle crash on Interstate 84 near milepost 216. 

Preliminary investigation revealed that a Dodge 3500 pickup operated by Gabriel Madrid Velasquez, age 55, from Kennewick, Washington, was traveling westbound in the eastbound lanes and collided head on with a Ford Fiesta, operated by Kari Ann Lindeman, age 49, from La Grande. 

Lindeman was pronounced deceased at the scene by emergency personnel.  Velasquez suffered serious injuries and was flown via life flight to St. Mary’s Hospital in Walla Walla. 

The westbound lanes were closed for about six hours during the investigation.   

OSP was assisted by Umatilla Tribal Fire Department, Umatilla Tribal Police Department and ODOT.



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