Fatal Crash on Hwy 97-Deschutes County

On Thursday, September 2, 2021 at approximately 1:05 AM, Oregon State Police Troopers and emergency personnel responded to a two vehicle crash on Hwy 97 at Vandervert Road. 

Preliminary investigation revealed a westbound Dodge Caravan, operated by Sherri Wood (46) of Lyons failed to stop when entering Hwy 97 from Vandervert Road. The Dodge Caravan struck the drivers side a northbound commercial motor vehicle operated by Abelardo Eleneshiguera (54) of Bakersfield, CA. The commercial motor vehicle caught fire and was fully engulfed and burned beyond recognition. 

A passenger in the Dodge Caravan, Robert Owens (56) of Seaside was pronounced deceased. Wood was transported via air ambulance to St. Charles with life threatening injuries. Eleneshiguera escaped the burning CMV and was uninjured. 

OSP was assisted by ODOT, Deschutes County SO, Bend, Lapine and Sun River Fire Rescue.