On Tuesday, Dec. 19, 2023, shortly after midnight, Oregon State Police troopers responded to a pedestrian struck by a vehicle on Highway 97 at NW Maple Avenue near Redmond. The preliminary investigation indicated that Deschutes County 9-1-1 received a call of a person sitting in the median of an unlighted portion of Highway 97 near the NE Maple Avenue overpass at approximately 12:19 a.m. A short time later, Corey Lee Smith, 52, of Warm Springs was in the right northbound lane of Highway 97 when he was struck by a Ford F-150 operated by Brandon Wayne Boland, 48, of Redmond. Smith was pronounced deceased at the scene. The driver of the Ford and a passenger were uninjured. The northbound lanes of Highway 97 were closed for approximately three hours. OSP was assisted by the Redmond Police Department, Redmond Fire Department, and Oregon Department of Transportation.