Weekend accidents result in several injuries
Three unrelated vehicle accidents take place in less than 24 hoursCrook County Sheriff’s Office deputies responded to a cluster of unrelated highway motor vehicle accidents that took place between Friday evening and Saturday morning.
All three crashes occurred within a 16-hour time frame, but Crook County Undersheriff John Gautney does not consider the multiple incidences out of the ordinary.
“It just seems like it goes in spurts sometimes,” he said. “You’ll have weekends where there are a lot more crashes than others.”
Nevertheless, Gautney did suggest that the emergence of summer could have influenced the concentration of crashes this past weekend.
“As summer starts, you are going to start seeing more of them,” he said, “because more people are out doing more things.”
The first crash occurred around 7 p.m., on Friday, on Paulina Highway, about 13 miles east of Prineville. William Brown, 69 of Prineville, was travelling westbound, when he swerved to avoid hitting a deer in the road. As a result, his vehicle left the road and plunged down a 40-foot embankment and through a barbed-wire fence. Brown was transported to Pioneer Memorial Hospital with non-life-threatening injuries, and no citations were issued.
The second accident happened just less than three hours later on the same highway. Paulina resident Kade Mclean, age 23, was driving eastbound near milepost 57, when he crossed into oncoming traffic. He over-corrected and lost control of the vehicle, and it rolled off the highway into a barbed-wire fence.
Upon arrival, deputies located the vehicle, but could not find the driver. They later found Mclean at a private residence off of Wolf Creek Road. He was transported to Pioneer Memorial Hospital by ambulance with non-life-threatening injuries, and then issued a citation for criminal DUII charges in lieu of custody. Authorities cited Mclean for Failure to Report an Accident to Law Enforcement and Driving Without a License. He was not wearing a seatbelt at the time of the accident.
The following morning, around 11 a.m., 54-year-old Prineville resident Michael Harlan Clark crashed his motorcycle on Reservoir Road, near Highway 27. He was participating in the Poker Run for Black Sheep Christian Group of Bend and had left Bend en route to Prineville. Clark came to a sharp right-hand turn, where he lost control of the bike.
He was transported by Life Flight to St. Charles Hospital, in Bend, with possible life-threatening injuries. Speed is believed to be a factor in the crash.
Gautney offered tips for drivers to help them avoid the types of accidents that occurred this past weekend.
“First of all, don’t drink and drive,” he said. Gautney went on to urge people to watch their speed, especially those riding a motorcycle. Regarding deer in the road, he noted, “It’s often safer to just take the deer and hit it head on than swerve, because almost guaranteed, if you go off the road, you are going to roll (your vehicle).”