One Dead, One Injured after Highway 97 Crash near La Pine

Date: December 15, 2014

Location: Highway 97

Names: Larry Russell Gardner, Cassy Grant, Alexander Slaven

One Dead, One Injured after Highway 97 Crash near La Pine


Monday morning a head-on collision near La Pine resulted in one death and another injured.

Larry Russell Gardner, 67, of Lake Oswego, was headed southbound on Highway 97 when he lost control of his 2004 Nissan Sentra and slid into the oncoming traffic lane.

Gardner’s car collided with a 2002 Jeep Grand Cherokee driven by Cassy Grant, 26. Gardner was pronounced dead on the scene and Grant was transported to a nearby hospital.

Another driver, Alexander Slaven, 28, of La Pine, contacted the police to say Grant’s car had “made contact” with his 2012 Ford Fusion after being hit by Gardner’s vehicle.

The roads were covered in slick packed snow and ice and both drivers were wearing a seat belt.

We extend our condolences to the family and friends of Larry Russell Gardner and wish Cassy Grant a full and speedy recovery.

Accidents like this are commonly caused by wet roads and ice. When these conditions occur, you need to be especially careful. Unfortunately, in most cases these accidents are considered the fault of the driver. But, in some cases, the accident may have been caused by poor road conditions, other drivers’ bad judgment, or another reason not readily apparent. Personal injury lawyers have experience with these types of investigations, or you can hire a personal investigator with experience in auto crashes.

Even if the insurance company finds you at fault, you can still pursue getting your bills paid through your PIP policy coverage. If you need help dealing with the insurance company, or just want to discuss your legal options for ensuring that your damages are paid, our Portland personal injury lawyers can help.


About Sean DuBois

Sean is a personal injury attorney in Portland, OR. He has been recognized by Super Lawyers Magazine as Oregon Rising Stars for the past four years because of his dedication to justice and fair compensation for his clients. If you need to speak with a lawyer about your injury case, Sean can be reached at 503-222-4411.

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