On Thursday, September 16, 2021 at approximately 8:15 pm, Oregon State Police Troopers and emergency personnel responded to a two-vehicle crash on Interstate 84 near milepost 193.
Preliminary investigation revealed a Volkswagen Jetta, operated by Jate Frost (20) of Randlett, UT, was traveling eastbound when it rear-ended a commercial motor vehicle, operated by Ediberto Ramirez Carrillo (31) of Hermiston.
Frost sustained serious injuries and was flown via Life Flight to Kadlec Medical Center in Richland, WA. The right front passenger in the Jetta, Richard Schleicher (24) of Stockton, OK, sustained fatal injuries and was pronounced deceased. The rear seat passenger in the Jetta, Jesse Hopper (21) of Magnum, OK sustained serious injuries and was transported to OHSU in Portland. Ramirez Carrillo was not injured.
All three occupants of the Jetta were contestants at the Pendleton Roundup. The CMV was fully loaded with potatoes.
OSP was assisted by Echo Fire Department, Umatilla County Fire District #1, Umatilla County Sheriff’s Department, Stanfield Police Department and ODOT.