HOOD RIVER, Ore. -- Two brothers driving in separate vehicles in opposite directions along Highway 25 crashed Tuesday night in a deadly accident.
One of the brothers’ wives died after the crash and both men were injured.
Police said John Harvey II, 25, of Government Camp, was driving his tow truck southbound on Highway 35, about fourteen miles south of Hood River, when it collided head-on with an oncoming car driven by his brother, Westun Harvey, 20, of Hood River.
Westun’s wife, Rosario Harvey, 28, died at the scene, according to Lieutenant Pat Ashmore with Oregon State Police.
Westun was flown in a LifeFlight helicopter to Oregon Health and Science University with critical injuries and John was transported to Hood River Providence Hospital for a medical evaluation, Ashmore said.
The two men are the sons of a local deputy.
Investigators have not said whether they believe the two men even knew the oncoming driver was their brother but both vehicles had apparently veered out of their appropriate lane of travel.
“Preliminary information indicates both vehicles crossed into opposite lanes of travel before colliding head-on and coming to an uncontrolled stop on the southbound shoulder,” Ashmore said.
The tow truck was registered to Harvey's Texaco Inc.
The highway was closed for about five hours during the investigation, with a detour established around the area.