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Prineville resident loses life in head on crash on Highway 97 (Deschutes County)
On Wednesday December 5, 2018 at approximately 9:00am, Oregon State Police Troopers and emergency personnel responded to the report of a two vehicle crash on Highway 97 at MP 124. This crash was located on the southern end of Redmond.
Preliminary investigation revealed that a silver 2005 Chevy Malibu, operated by a 73 year old Prineville resident, was traveling northbound on Highway 97. For unknown reasons, the Malibu crossed over into the oncoming lanes and crashed head-on into a southbound commercial motor vehicle, operated by Bend Roof Truss and driven by 48 year old Bend resident, Kavan Rose. The driver of the Malibu suffered fatal injuries and was pronounced deceased at the scene. The driver of the commercial motor vehicle was transported to St. Charles Redmond for non-life threatening injuries.
Highway 97 was closed for approximately three and a half hours following the crash. OSP was assisted at the scene by the Redmond Police Department, the Deschutes County Sheriff’s Office, Bend Police Department, ODOT and Redmond Fire and Rescue.
The identity of the deceased has been confirmed as 73 year old Prineville resident Richard James Lanning. The investigation is continuing and any further information will be released as it becomes available.