Woman sentenced for Fossil wreck

PENDLETON, Ore. (AP) — An Oregon woman was sentenced to nearly two years in prison for the wreck that killed three motorcycle riders in May.

The East Oregonian reports 50-year-old Lisa Niehaus pleaded guilty last month to multiple assault charges and three counts of criminally negligent homicide.

Authorities say Niehaus was driving on state Highway 19 near Fossil in central Oregon when she crossed into the oncoming lane traffic, striking a group of motorcycle riders.

Authorities say the collision killed two riders and a third died a week later. Six more people were injured. About 45 members of the Gypsy Jokers Motorcycle Club were on the road heading to a local rally.

Neihaus says she was blinded by the motorcycle headlights. Prosecutors say there were other distractions.

In May, the Blue Mountain Eagle newspaper reported that the Memorial Day weekend crash occured on a late Saturday night on Highway 19, in an area located just east of Fossil.

The crash happened when a vehicle traveling north Highway 19 crossed into the oncoming lane of traffic, striking a large number of motorcycle riders who were southbound, authorities said.

Volunteer medical crews and fire departments responded, along with Wheeler County Sheriff’s office and Oregon State Police.

Visit the East Oregonian website for details at www.eastoregonian.com.

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