Crash claims former councilor
- Holly M. Gill
- Madras Pioneer - Sports
A Madras businessman and former city councilor, Wayne Schjoll, 51, died Saturday afternoon following a two-vehicle accident on Highway 361.
Oregon State Police Sgt. Don Wagner reported that Schjoll died at St. Charles Medical Center in Bend from injuries sustained in the 1 p.m. crash.
According to police reports, Schjoll was southbound on the Culver Highway on a 1981 Honda motorcycle when he was struck by a pickup at the intersection of the highway and Southwest Belmont Lane.
The 1975 Chevrolet pickup, driven by Jeremy Pollock, 28, of Culver, was attempting to turn onto the Culver Highway when the collision occurred, sending the motorcycle into the Deschutes Valley Water District field on the east side of the highway.
Schjoll, who was wearing a helmet, was ejected from the motorcycle, and suffered life-threatening injuries. He was transported by Jefferson County Emergency Medical Services to Mountain View Hospital.
Air Life later transferred Schjoll to St. Charles, where he died from his injuries.
Pollock was using safety restraints and was not injured.
No citations were issued and Oregon State Police troopers from the Bend Area Command office are continuing the investigation. Officers from the Madras Police Department and Jefferson County Sheriff's Office, as well as emergency response and Oregon Department of Transportation personnel assisted at the scene.
Owned several businesses
Schjoll has lived in the Madras-Culver area since 1964. He graduated from Culver High School, and later owned several businesses, including the Rialto Tavern, Double Take Clothing Shop, and Sportsworld on Southwest D Street in Madras, and the Desert Inn Bar and Grill on Jefferson Avenue in Metolius.
In November of 1998, Schjoll, who had served on the Madras Budget Committee, was elected to the Madras City Council, and served during a tumultuous period from 1999 through 2000. During that time, the city went through several councilor, city manager, and department head positions.
Schjoll and another councilor were both recalled in early January of 2001, after a controversy over the hiring of former city manager with a criminal history in May of 2000.
Schjoll is survived by two children, Ayrian and Jason; his mother Agatha Schjoll; and three brothers, David, Arthur and Richard; and longtime companion Jan Six.
A memorial service will be held Monday, April 21, at 10:30 a.m. at the Jefferson County Senior Center. A full obituary will appear in next week's Pioneer.