Woman dies, Marine injured in two-car crash

An adult female died and her husband, a Marine home on leave, was critically injured Tuesday evening in a two-vehicle accident on Highway 35 near Parkdale.

An adult female died and her husband, a Marine home on leave, was critically injured Tuesday evening in a two-vehicle accident on Highway 35 near Parkdale.

Rosario Ester Harvey, 28, was pronounced dead at the scene after the head-on collision. She had been a passenger in the 2007 Toyota Corolla driven by her husband, Westun Harvey, 20, who is assigned to a Marine Corps base in California.

He was transported by ambulance to the Parkdale Ranger Station and Lifeflighted to the Oregon Health Sciences University in Portland.

His brother, John Arthur Harvey II, 25, was the driver of a tow truck that was also wrecked. John was taken to Providence Hood River Memorial Hospital where he was treated for minor injuries and released.

John and Westun are the sons of John and Rachel Harvey of Mt. Hood. The family owns Mt. Hood Salvage and Towing.

Anderson’s Tribute Center of Hood River transported Rosario’s remains from the scene.

According to an Oregon State Police report, the accident occurred shortly after 7 p.m. on July 13.

John Harvey was reportedly traveling southbound in a 1995 GMC 3500 roll bed tow truck. He was about 14 miles south of Hood River when his vehicle struck the northbound car driven by his younger brother.

Rosario and John were apparently using safety restraints when the wreck occurred. Investigators have not confirmed at this time if Westun was using a safety restraint but his car’s airbag did deploy.

Hood River County District Attorney John Sewell and OSP troopers are investigating the cause of the wreck.

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