REDMOND, OR -- A Redmond man died following a three-vehicle crash that occurred Wednesday night. A Deschutes County deputy arrived at the scene just after the collision on the Maple Avenue bridge over the Dry Canyon, and provided help to two victims. Redmond Police and medics took over a short time later.
Investigators believe 39-year-old Anesha Slocum was westbound on the bridge when she slid into oncoming traffic, just after 9:30 p.m. She collided head-on with a Kia Optima (pictured below), driven by 26-year-old Cristina Vasquez. A Jeep Cherokee, driven by 36-year-old Brian Beamer then rear-ended the Optima. Slocum and her passenger, 52-year-old Randy Slocum, were taken to the hospital, as well as Vasquez and her two seven-year-old passengers. Redmond Police were notified Thursday that Randy Slocum died as a result of his injuries. One child in Vasquez's car suffered a broken femur, wrist and arm. The other was not seriously hurt.
The crash remains under investigation, but police do not believe any drivers were impaired. Redmond roads were slick, and temperatures were below freezing at the time of the crash. Child car-seat usage is being considered a factor in the children's injuries.