Pendleton man dead in crash

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A rollover crash killed one man and critically injured another on Highway 11.

Oregon State Police are investigating the crash, which a passing motorist discovered early Tuesday about five miles north of Pendleton, officials said Tuesday afternoon.

An OSP news release said that at just before 6 a.m., a driver spotted a crashed vehicle about 200 feet off the road, stopped and then discovered two men in the ditch along the highway.

Emergency responders arrived to find Pendleton resident Abel J. Trejo, 25, deceased, and Brock A. Mecham, 22, also of Pendleton, critically injured.

Mecham was taken to St. Anthony's Hospital in Pendleton, then airlifted to Oregon Health & Science University in Portland.

Preliminary investigation indicates that some time during the night, the 1994 Toyota 4Runner was southbound at high speed on a straight stretch of the highway when it traveled across the northbound lane and left the road, rolling multiple times before coming to rest on its left side.

Neither man was using safety restraints and both were ejected from the vehicle, police said.

Officials have not yet determined which occupant was driving at the time of the crash. Alcohol is being investigated as a possible contributing factor.

Sheila Hagar can be reached at sheilahagar@wwub.com or 526-8322.

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