BEND, OR -- A La Pine man was killed in an icy crash, south of Bend, Friday afternoon. State Police believe 56-year-old Kevin Werts was southbound on Highway 97, when he lost control and slid into oncoming traffic, colliding with a car driven by a Bend woman.
The highway was covered with packed snow and ice, at the time. Werts was pronounced dead at the scene. The other driver, 70-year-old Susan Pitarro, and her passenger, 63-year-old Terry Thopson, were taken to the hospital with serious injuries.
Highway 97 was shutdown for several hours, nine miles north of La Pine, to allow crews to investigate and clean-up the scene.