Police: Ontario woman killed after turning into path of oncoming semi

Police: Ontario woman killed after turning into path of oncoming semi

Credit: Ontario State Police

Near Cairo Junction, on State Hwy-201

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by KTVB.COM

KTVB.COM

Posted on May 16, 2013 at 3:20 PM

Updated Friday, May 17 at 12:07 PM

Deadly Accident south of Ontario

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ONTARIO -- A 20-year-old woman was hit and killed by a semi-truck at around 9:30 a.m. Thursday.

Oregon State Police say Veneza Rodriguez, of Ontario, was heading eastbound on U.S. Route 20. While making a left turn onto Highway 201 near the Cairo Junction, she drove directly into the path of a semi-truck traveling southbound.

Police say both vehicles traveled together about 200-yards before separating after impact.

Rodriguez died at the scene and her 2006 Pontiac G6 landed in a shallow irrigation ditch.

OSP is investigating the cause of the crash, but investigators believe that cell phone usage by Rodriguez may be a contributing factor. She was wearing a seat belt at the time.

Guadalupe Rios, a 53-year-old Nyssa man, was driving the semi-truck involved in the accident. He was not injured.

Malheur County Sheriff's Office, Bureau of Land Management, Ontario Fire & Rescue, and Oregon Department of Transportation all assisted OSP on the scene. U.S. Route 20 was closed for around six hours.

 

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