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Redmond police ID pedestrian killed in crash


A Redmond woman was struck and killed Thursday evening by a car driven by Terrebonne man at a southwest Redmond intersection near her home, police said Friday.

Lt. Curtis Chambers identified the woman as Catherine Yazzie, 53, who lived on the corner of Veterans Way and Kalama Avenue. He said she was crossing Veterans Way at the intersection and was in an unmarked crosswalk, returning home from Fed Meyer.

Yazzie was struck by a 1993 Saab passenger car driven by a 22-year-old Terrebonne man. (NewsChannel 21’s policy is to not name the driver in such crashes, unless they are charged.)

The driver immediately stopped and stayed at the scene and is cooperating fully in the investigation, Chambers said.

“All possible causes are being investigated as potential contributing factors for the crash,” Chambers said in a news release. “It is too early to determine if a crime has been committed. A complete investigation will be conducted before making a decision. However, at this time, impairment by alcohol or drugs by the driver is not believed to be a factor.”

The lieutenant also said Redmond police are seeking information about a vehicle seen in the area at the time of the crash.

It was described as a white Chevrolet Silverado pickup truck, with a canopy. The pickup was being driven north on Veterans Way at the time of the crash and either continued north from Kalama Avenue or turned right (east) onto Kalama Avenue.

Anyone with information about this vehicle, or has any other information possibly related to this incident is encouraged to contact the Redmond Police Department by calling 541-693-6911.

Redmond polices were assisted at the scene by Redmond Fire & Rescue, the Deschutes County Sheriff’s Office, Oregon State Police, tge Deschutes County District Attorney’s Office and Redmond Public Works. The roadway was closed for several hours while the scene was diagrammed and evidence was collected.

“Winter is approaching and combined with the recent return to standard time; the roadways are still heavily traveled during hours of darkness,” Chambers wrote.

“Drivers, pedestrians, bicyclists and all other roadway users should use caution when driving during hours of darkness. Pedestrians and bicyclists should wear light-colored or reflective clothing and not assume drivers see them. Drivers need to slow down, pay attention and not always assume the path ahead is clear of obstacles.”

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