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Preliminary investigation revealed that a white 2012 Ford Escape, operated by Brandon SHAW, age 26 of Culver was traveling northbound on US 97 near Culver Highway Junction. Brandon SHAW attempted to negotiate a left turn onto Culver Highway and turned in the path of a southbound white 2015 Ford F750. The white Ford F750, operated by Douglas DEAN JR, age 41, of Redmond, attempted to avoid the Ford Escape and struck the passenger side of the Ford Escape. The Ford Escape came to rest on its side.
The 9 month old infant passenger of the Ford Escape, suffered fatal injuries and was pronounced deceased at the scene after life saving measures were performed by medical personnel. Brandon SHAW was transported by air ambulance to St. Charles Medical Center in Redmond. Douglas DEAN JR was not injured as a result of the collision.
Safety restraints were utilized and alcohol is determined to be a contributing factor.
OSP was assisted by Jefferson County Sheriff's Office, Jefferson County Fire Department, LifeFlight, and the Oregon Department of Transportation.