A Pendleton Round-Up contestant was killed Thursday evening and two others were seriously injured in a two-vehicle collision on Interstate 84.
The Oregon State Police responded to a report of a crash near milepost 193 involving a commercial truck and a Volkswagen Jetta around 8:15 p.m. on Sept. 16.
According to the OSP, the Jetta, operated by Jate Frost, 20, of Randlett, Utah, was traveling eastbound when it rear-ended a commercial motor vehicle loaded with potatoes operated by Ediberto Ramirez Carrillo, 31, of Hermiston.
Frost sustained serious injuries and was flown via LifeFlight to Kadlec Medical Center in Richland, Wash. The right front passenger in the Jetta, Richard Schleicher, 24, of Stockton, Okla., sustained fatal injuries and was pronounced dead at the scene. The rear seat passenger in the Jetta, Jesse Hopper, 21, of Magnum, Okla., 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 Round-Up.
OSP was assisted by Echo Fire Department, Umatilla County Fire District #1, Umatilla County Sheriff’s Department, Stanfield Police Department, and the Oregon Department of Transportation.