BEND, OR -- A La Pine man was killed Monday morning, in a crash south of Bend. According to Oregon State Police, 25-year-old Joshua Matthes was northbound on Highway 97, near the High Desert Museum, when he rear-ended a pickup. Investigators believe Matthes lost control, crossed the center line and was struck by a southbound vehicle.
Matthes was pronounced dead at the scene. The southbound vehicle was driven by a 24-year-old California woman who was taken to St. Charles Bend with serious injuries. The Bend man driving the pickup was not hurt.
Highway 97 was closed for about an hour during the investigation.