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Orozco to plead guilty to assault, reckless endangering

For fatal November crash

by: Submitted photo - Andrea Orozco


   A Madras woman who ran a stop sign and caused an accident that killed one and injured 10 others last November, will enter a plea to third-degree assault and reckless endangering later this month.
   Following a settlement conference in the Jefferson County Circuit Court on Oct. 3, Andrea Orozco, 28, agreed to enter the pleas and face sentencing on Oct. 24, before Judge Gary Williams.
   "We have what we would call a negotiated settlement," said attorney Angi Lee, of Bend, who represents Orozco. "She's going to plead guilty to one count of third-degree assault, and three of reckless endangering."
   According to Lee, because Orozco has no criminal history, she faces a maximum of 120 days in the Jefferson County Correctional Facility -- 30 days for the assault, which is a Class C felony, and 30 days each for the reckless endangering, which are Class A misdemeanors.
   The sentence will begin on Oct. 24, and include a five-year license suspension.
   "I think that it's a good outcome and I think that it's fair, considering the circumstances," said Lee, noting that Orozco is willing to accept responsibility for the accident.
   "You see a lot of these cases where someone is just doing something they shouldn't be doing," said Lee. "She just missed the stop sign in a place where she hadn't been."
   On the night of Nov. 20, 2010, Orozco was the driver for a group that included seven children and two other adults in a Ford Expedition that was headed to Wal-Mart in Redmond. She turned on Highland Lane to head to Culver to fill up her gas tank.
   At the intersection with the Culver Highway, she told investigators that she didn't see the stop sign, and her vehicle struck a new northbound Toyota Corolla, driven by Linda Ross, of Metolius, who was headed home. The Toyota went into a dry irrigation canal on the west side of the road and overturned, pinning Ross and her husband Leonard.
   Linda Ross suffered a broken ankle, collarbone, ribs and pelvis. Leonard Ross, 73, was pronounced dead at St. Charles Medical Center in Redmond.
   Three of the seven children in Orozco's vehicle were ejected, and suffered serious injuries. They ranged in age from 2 to 14. All 10 passengers in that vehicle were also injured.
   In February, a grand jury indicted Orozco on two counts of second-degree assault, three counts of third-degree assault, and five counts of reckless endangering for the injuries to the children in her vehicle.
   "The charges will apply to specific children within the car," said District Attorney Steve Leriche, who is prosecuting the case.
   No charges have been filed as a result of the death of Leonard Ross, or the injuries to Linda Ross. "Nothing's changed in that," said Leriche.