Crash on Hwy 20 leads to one fatality

The Oregon State Police announced a two-vehicle crash on Highway 20 near milepost 16 (near Sodaville Road) resulted in one fatality on Monday, Nov. 14.

OSP Troopers and emergency personnel responded to the crash at approximately 6:36 p.m., and a preliminary investigation revealed a westbound silver Toyota Yaris, operated by Kevin Gonzales, 30, of Redmond, crossed over into oncoming traffic and collided with a red freightliner, operated by Kyle Kemper, 40, of Lebanon.

The freightliner truck is owned by the Lebanon Fire Department and is commonly known as a “pumper truck.” Prior to the collision, the Toyota was reportedly being driven erratically, and impairment is being investigated as a contributing factor.

Gonzales sustained fatal injuries and was pronounced deceased. Kemper received minor injuries.

Hwy. 20 was affected for approximately four hours while the OSP Collision Reconstruction Unit investigated the scene.

OSP was assisted by Lebanon Fire Department, Lebanon Police Department, Linn County Sheriff’s Office, Bend Police Department, Redmond Police Department and ODOT.