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Redmond Police Investigating Serious Injury Crash on Hwy 126 E
Redmond, OR – On December 5, 2018, at approximately 10:15 AM, Redmond Police and Redmond Fire & Rescue personnel were informed of a two-vehicle crash on Hwy 126 E and SE Lake Road, Redmond. At the time of the crash, all available Redmond Police Officers were assisting the Oregon State Police at the scene of a fatal vehicle crash on S Hwy 97 just south of the SW Yew Ave & SW Airport Way exit (MP 124).
After arriving, Officers and Deschutes County Sheriff’s Office Deputies investigated the crash scene. Initial information indicates an orange colored Dodge Neon driven by Mr. Shan Dieringer, 39-years-old from Eugene, was driving westbound on Hwy 126 E and came upon a vehicle stopped in the westbound lane, waiting to turn left onto SE Lake Road. The Dodge Neon driver attempted to stop by braking and ended up going into the oncoming lane of travel. The Dodge Neon collided head-on with an eastbound Chevrolet pickup. The driver of the pickup is identified as Mr. Diego Corona-Cabrera, 19-years-old from the Central Oregon area.
The driver of the Dodge Neon sustained serious, but not life-threatening, injuries and was transported by medics to a local hospital. The current condition of the driver is unknown.
The driver and two passengers of the Chevrolet pickup were evaluated at the scene by medics and refused transport to the hospital for their minor injuries.
No citations have been issued. However, citations are anticipated to be issued to the driver of the Dodge Neon at a later time. Speed, following distance, and failing to maintain a lane of travel appear to be contributing factors in the crash.
The Redmond Police Department is very appreciative of Deschutes County Sheriff’s Office assistance during this investigation. RPD resources were already limited due to the fatal crash on S Hwy 97 at the time. RPD was further supported by Redmond Public Works, Oregon Department of Transportation, and Redmond Fire & Rescue.
The Redmond Police Department wants to remind drivers to slow down during times of limited visibility, to include night time, fog, and rain/snow. Winter weather can be unpredictable, and roadways can be slippery at unexpected times. Please plan ahead and allow extra time to get to your destination.