W.S. man dies, driver charged in accident
A Warm Springs man was killed and another person taken into custody following a single vehicle rollover crash Friday night on U.S. Highway 97 near the Wasco/Sherman County line.
Preliminary investigation by Oregon State Police troopers indicates a 1987 Buick four-door driven by Joseph G. Craig, 41, of Warm Springs, was northbound around 7:43 p.m. Dec. 1, negotiating a slight curve, when it veered off the right side of the highway.
The car crashed into a steep rock embankment near milepost 49, and rolled several times, coming to rest on its top in the southbound lane.
The passenger, Tony Julius Gilbert, 57, from Warm Springs, was pronounced deceased about two hours after the reported crash. Safety restraint use information for both Craig and Gilbert was undetermined.
Craig was transported by ambulance to Mid-Columbia Medical Center in The Dalles for treatment of injuries. Upon release at 2:10 a.m., Craig was taken into custody and lodged in the Northern Oregon Regional Correctional Facility in The Dalles for first-degree manslaughter, reckless driving, and driving under the influence of intoxicants. Alcohol is believed to be a contributing factor in the accident.
Oregon State Police troopers from The Dalles Area Command are continuing the investigation in cooperation with the Wasco County District Attorney's Office.
Sherman and Wasco County sheriff's offices, along with the Oregon Department of Transportation, assisted at the scene. The highway was closed about one hour.