UPDATE: Oregon State Police Investigates Fatal Crash near Hermiston, Names Released
Oregon State Police (OSP) is continuing the investigation into the cause of an early Friday morning wrong way driver-involved fatal traffic crash on Interstate 82 near Hermiston. The names of the victim and surviving driver are released in this update.
According to Sergeant Seth Cooney, on March 7, 2014 at approximately 1:27 a.m., a 2005 Cadillac CTS four-door driven by ALICIA G. BRECKHEIMER, age 31, from Hermiston, was traveling westbound in the eastbound lanes of Interstate 82 near milepost 4 when it collided nearly head-on with a 2006 Chrysler 300 four-door driven by ROBERT HENRY BAKER, age 66, from Ione, Oregon. After impact, the Cadillac came to rest in the center median and the Chrysler came to rest on the eastbound shoulder.
BAKER was pronounced deceased at the scene.
BRECKHEIMER was extricated by firefighters and initially transported by Hermiston Ambulance to Good Shepherd Medical Center in Hermiston. She was later flown by LifeFlight to Legacy Emanuel Medical Center in Portland.
Both drivers were using safety restraints. Alcohol is being investigated as a possible contributing factor.
OSP troopers from the Hermiston Work Site and Pendleton Area Command office are continuing the investigation. The eastbound lanes were closed over an hour before one lane was open for traffic as OSP Collision Reconstructionists continued the scene investigation. All lanes were cleared about 10:00 a.m.