Passenger Dies in Single-Vehicle Accident Sunday Near Weston


A 37-year-old man was killed early Sunday morning in a single-vehicle accident of Highway 204 near Weston.

The Oregon State Police responded to the accident around 2 a.m. on June 10. According to the OSP, a 1997 Pontiac Bonneville operated by Jose Osbaldo Corrales, 49, of Walla Walla, with passenger Nicholas Rethel Brown, 37, of La Grande, was traveling southbound on Highway 204  when the driver lost control on a curve and left the roadway at a high rate of speed.   The vehicle rolled multiple times before it came to a stop on its wheels.

Brown was pronounced dead at the scene.

Corrales was extricated from the vehicle and LifeFlighted to St. Mary’s Hospital in Walla Walla.  St. Mary’s personnel were able to stabilize Corrales and he was then transported by LifeFlight to Harborview Medical Center, in Seattle.

A northbound lane of travel was closed for approximately five hours while the crash was investigated.

Oregon State Police was assisted by the East Umatilla County Rural Fire & Rescue, Medic 400, Pendleton Life Flight, Umatilla County Sheriff’s Office and the Oregon Department of Transportation.


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