Fatal Crash on Hwy 97 – Deschutes County

On Friday, July 10, 2020 at approximately 6:33 P.M., Oregon State Police Troopers and emergency personnel responded to a single vehicle crash on Hwy 97 near MP 151.

Preliminary investigation revealed a green 2001 Ford Explorer, operated by Ysabell Joseph (24) of Lapine, was south on Hwy 97 when it left the roadway and rolled.

The front passenger, Joseph Kushner (34) of Lapine, was not wearing a seatbelt and was ejected from the vehicle.

Kushner sustained fatal injuries and was pronounced deceased.

Ysabell Joseph was wearing a seatbelt and she was transported via air ambulance to St. Charles Medical Center in Bend.

The Oregon State Police was assisted by Deschutes County Sheriff’s Office, Bend Police Department, Sunriver Police Department, Sunriver Fire Department and ODOT.