Names released in fatal crash

Staff report / The Bulletin /

Published Sep 1, 2013 at 05:00AM

The two drivers killed in a fatal car accident on U.S. Highway 97 on Friday morning have been identified.

According to the Oregon State Police, 44-year-old Kenneth C. Frazier, of Gilchrist, was driving a 1989 Jeep pickup just before 11:10 a.m. Friday southbound on U.S. Highway 97 when he attempted to pass a vehicle in a no-passing zone.

Frazier’s pickup struck a northbound 2005 Chrysler van driven by 73-year-old Earl R. Johnson, of Lake Havasu City, Ariz.

Both Johnson and Frazier were pronounced dead at the scene.

Johnson’s passenger, 71-year-old Joanne Johnson, sustained critical injuries and was taken by air ambulance to St. Charles Bend. She remained there Saturday in critical condition.