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Two Killed In Hwy 97 Crash

REDMOND, OR -- Two people were killed in a collision south of Redmond that shut down Highway 97 for several hours Saturday evening. According to State Police, 23-year-old Redmond man was northbound when, for an unknown reason, his van drove onto the shoulder, then veered across the highway into oncoming traffic, where he collided with an SUV. The van’s driver, Ghandi Lakshmi Satya Sai Yerramsetti, and a passenger from the SUV, 29-year-old Christy Lee Bigelow, died at the scene. The SUV's driver, 32-year-old Nicholas Husted, of Bend, was taken to the hospital with non-life-threatening injuries. 

During the investigation, a 33-year-old Bend man was arrested for DUII after crashing into an ODOT vehicle blocking the highway. Sheriff's Deputies took Nicholas Jason Cardone into custody, while the ODOT driver was evaluated at the hospital. 

Another driver, 20-year-old Lylliane Walczyk, is accused of causing another crash in the area at the same time. She was also arrested for DUII.

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