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Oregon State Police is seeking information from the public about this Sept. 15 incident where a Chevy pickup struck an I-84 center divider and traveled more than 180 feet on the divider near milepost 253. (OSP photo)
Wreck classified as hit-and-run, but passenger was at scene
Oregon State Police are seeking help in a strange traffic crash that occurred Sept. 15.
At 7 a.m., OSP got a call from a passerby about a crash on Interstate 84 near milepost 253. When officials arrived at the scene, however, they found only a man who said he was a passenger.
Sgt. Kyle Hove said it appeared a Chevy pickup sideswiped the right guardrail as it was headed eastbound. It then veered left, hit the center divider and traveled more than 180 feet on the divider. The damage to the vehicle was “extreme,” Hove said.
Noah Fred, who said he was not driving the truck, said that Lake Denney of Fort Hall, Idaho, was driving. Fred, also of Fort Hall, told troopers that Denney had fled the scene. Troopers were not able to locate him. Hove said Fred, who is the registered owner of the truck, also said alcohol had been a factor in the crash and that Denney had an outstanding warrant.
Fred was treated for minor injuries, Hove said.
The crash is being treated as a hit-and-run.
“At this point we don’t have a lot to go on, but we continue to investigate,” Hove said. “It’s just odd that there’s an occupant still in the vehicle.”
The Union County Sheriff’s Office and La Grande Rural Fire also responded to the scene.
Anyone with information on the wreck is asked to contact Oregon State Police at 541-963-7175.