La Grande man charged six months after Redmond fatal crash

Six months after a fatal car crash in Redmond, a La Grande man has been arrested and charged for his role in the accident, according to Oregon State Police.

The crash happened on March 21 on Highway 97 just south of Redmond. The investigation revealed a silver Honda Pilot, operated by 19-year-old Sara Edwards of Redmond, was driving south on Highway 97 when she tried to avoid a vehicle that was entering the highway from the Desert Terrace Mobile Estates.

Edwards lost control of her SUV and slid into the northbound lanes and collided with a Mack Concrete Pumping Truck, operated by a Redmond man.

Edwards suffered fatal injuries and was pronounced dead at the scene.

The driver of the truck was not injured.

OSP said after months of investigation into the crash, the facts were presented to the Grand Jury in Deschutes County on August  23.

The Grand Jury handed down an indictment, charging 42-year-old Devin Lee Cooper with criminally negligent homicide and second-degree manslaughter.

“The state alleges that Sarah Edwards was driving southbound on Hwy 97 when Mr. Cooper pulled out onto the highway in front of Ms. Edwards causing her to swerve, lose control, and be stuck by a cement pouring truck.  Mr. Cooper did not stop,” Deschutes County District Attorney John Hummel said in a statement.

On September 12, detectives from the Oregon State Police contacted Cooper at his residence in La Grande. Cooper was cooperative, taken to the Union County Jail.

He’s currently being held in the Deschutes County Jail on $50,000 bond.


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