Oregon State Police are investigating a fatal crash that killed one young woman at the intersection of Highway 138E and Highway 97 (Diamond Lake Junction) in Klamath County, about 25 miles northeast of Crater Lake.
On Wednesday, September 11, 2013, at approximately 7:37 a.m. a 1999 Honda Civic driven by 31-year-old Alexander Pesek, was heading eastbound on Highway 138E and failed to stop at a stop sign posted at the intersection with Highway 97.
As the car drove through the stop sign, it was hit on the passenger's side by a 2007 Freightliner tanker truck pulling a tanker trailer, heading northbound. Police report the involved vehicles came to rest about 50 feet off the highway after impact.
Alexander Pesek was transported to Sky Lakes Medical Center in Klamath Falls for treatment of minor injury. Mari Francis Pesek, 25, of Lawrence, Kansas, was riding in the passenger seat in the Honda Civic driven by her brother Alex, 31, when they were hit. The two had been vacationing in the Pacific Northwest.
Mari Pesek earned a Bachelor of Science degree in 2010 in environmental studies from The University of Nebraska Lincoln and graduated with highest distinction and earned a place on The Dean's List/Honor Roll. She also earned a master's degree at the University of Kansas. She is survived by her brother, sisters Cara Pesek and Anne Pesek Taylor, their parents Tom and Gretchen Pesek of Brainard, and boyfriend Joe Link of Lawrence.
The truck's driver, 57-year-old Kenneth S. Brasser, was not injured. Brasser was a driver for Home Run Transport out of Klamath Falls, and the tankers were empty. He was using safety restraints.
OSP was assisted at the scene by Chemult Rural Fire Protection District and ODOT.