|10/12/2013 7:44:00 PM|
Sisters residents killed in Highway 20 wreck
Two young Sisters residents died Saturday in a wreck at the western outskirts of town.
According to the Deschutes County Sheriff's Office, deputies responded at 11:52 a.m., to a two-vehicle traffic crash on Highway 20 at milepost 99. Upon arrival, they found the two occupants of a 1984 Toyota Celica deceased. The driver was identified as Austin Jacob McNelis, age 23. The passenger was identified as Kayla Marie Basham, 18.
McNelis had been driving eastbound on Highway 20, when a deer crossed the highway in his lane. McNelis attempted to avoid the deer by trying to veer around it, which caused him to lose control of his vehicle. McNelis' vehicle then slid on the wet roadway into the path of a westbound 2012 Dodge pick-up, which was driven by Andrew Smolich of Bend.
McNelis' vehicle was struck in the driver's side by Smolich's vehicle and both vehicles came to rest in the westbound lane. Two occupants of Smolich's vehicle received minor injuries and were taken to St. Charles-Bend by private vehicle for treatment of non-life threatening injuries.
The Deschutes County Sheriff's Office was assisted by the Oregon State Police, Black Butte Ranch Police Department, Sisters-Camp Sherman Rural Fire Protection District and the Oregon Department of Transportation.
The sheriff's office reports that neither alcohol nor speed appear to be a factor in this crash. This crash is still under investigation. Any witnesses to this crash are asked to contact the Deschutes County Sheriff's Office at 541-693-6911.
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