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Fatal Accident on Highway 197

According to the Oregon State police, Thursday morning at about 7:30, a 1992 Chervrolet Blazer driven by a 59-year-old woman from Wamic was traveling northbound on Highway 197 when a 2005 Chevrolet pickup driven by 73-year-old Peter D. Kelly of The Dalles was westbound on Ward Road and turned in front of the Blazer. The SUV struck the pickup’s left side near milepost 8. After impact, the pickup came to rest off the side of the highway and the SUV came to rest in the southbound lane. The Blazer’s 72-year-old male front seat passenger was pronounced dead at the scene. The driver was transported by Life Flight to Oregon Health & Science University with serious injuries. The 17-year-old right rear passenger was taken by ground ambulance to Mid-Columbia Medical Center in The Dalles with non-life threatening injuries. All three were using safety restraints. Kelly was not injured. OSP Troopers are investigating and Kelly is cooperating with investigators.

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