A 27-year-old woman from Post Falls, Idaho, died Saturday when her pickup slid off Highway 395 near Ritter Junction in the early evening.
Annalesha C. Draper was traveling south to meet with her fiancé in Oregon and bring him back to Post Falls for the holidays. His vehicle had broken down, Draper’s aunt Jennifer Draper told the Eagle.
According to Oregon State Police, Draper’s rental vehicle, a 2017 Dodge Ram pickup, crossed the northbound lane in freezing=rain conditions and sideswiped a tree. The Grant County Sheriff’s Office, John Day ambulance and Long Creek ambulance and fire also responded to the scene. The investigation is continuing on contributing factors, according to OSP.
Draper’s dog was transported to the John Day River Veterinary Clinic and was picked up by family members.
Draper’s family lives in Post Falls. She was self-employed and is survived by her parents and three older brothers. Her aunt called Draper a “real go-getter” who will be sorely missed.
Impacts from freezing rain were seen in Grant County one day earlier, beginning with the cancellation of the Grant Union High School basketball game against Weston-McEwen. The National Weather Service had forecast freezing rain and ice accumulations for the Pendleton and Pilot Rock areas, and Grant County saw four motor vehicle accidents on area highways.
There were no injuries in the first, a single-vehicle rollover crash on Highway 395 near Canyon City about 3:30 p.m. The northbound pickup lost traction, wandered onto the gravel shoulder and left the roadway. The driver was from Canyon City.
Oregon State Police responded to a single-vehicle crash on Highway 26 near Mt. Vernon about two hours later. The driver of the Isuzu Rodeo was given a courtesy ride to her home in John Day.
Less than an hour later, a Prairie City woman was injured when the GMC Suburban she was riding in left Highway 26 near Austin Junction and rolled. The roadway was covered with snow at the time. The Prairie City driver was not injured, but the passenger was transported to the hospital with minor injuries.
Around 8 p.m. on Dec. 15, a GMC Safari left Highway 395 near the Logan Valley Road junction and rolled. The occupants of the van were gone by the time Oregon State Police arrived at the scene.