On Sunday, July 4, 2021 at approximately 11:20 A.M., Oregon State Police Troopers and emergency personnel responded to a two vehicle crash on Hwy 97 near milepost 159.

Preliminary investigation revealed a Mazda Protege, operated by Christina Witt (37) of LaPine, was southbound when it lost control, went into the northbound lane and collided with Kia Rondo operated by Dawn Colon (51) of LaPine.

Witt sustained fatal injuries and was pronounced deceased.


Colon was transported by air ambulance to St. Charles in Bend.

OSP was assisted by Deschutes County Sheriff’s Office, LaPine Fire Department, Airlink and ODOT