Driver indicted by grand jury

by: SUSAN MATHENY - Driver Gerald Green stands at the back of his vehicle shortly after a collision with a motorcycle. Motorcyclist Don Heckathorn, the chief of Jefferson County Emergency Medical Services, died several days after the crash. Last week, a grand jury indicted Green on related charges.The driver involved in the accident that resulted in the death of ambulance chief Don Heckathorn has been arrested.

by: SUBMITTED PHOTO - Gerald Scott GreenGerald Scott Green, 36, of Prineville, turned himself in Aug. 28, when he learned that a warrant had been issued for his arrest, following indictment by a grand jury.

The arrest was in connection with a motorcycle-automobile crash on U.S. Highway 97, at Dover Lane, around 3 p.m. Aug. 8. Jefferson County Emergency Medical Services Chief Don Heckathorn was southbound on U.S. 97 on a 2012 Harley Davidson motorcycle when he was struck by a 1996 Cadillac driven by Green.

Oregon State Police noted that Green was eastbound on Dover Lane, and failed to stop at the stop sign before colliding with Heckathorn, who suffered critical injuries in the crash. Green reportedly left the scene, but returned.

The grand jury's indictment on Aug. 28 accuses Green of one count each of criminally negligent homicide and failure to perform the duties of a driver to injured persons.

In the indictment, it states that Green "did unlawfully and knowingly fail to immediately stop the vehicle at the scene of the accident or as close thereto as possible and remain at the scene."

A pretrial conference has been scheduled for 10 a.m. on Thursday, Sept. 12, in the Jefferson County Circuit Court. Green is represented by attorney Fred Bennett, of Madras.

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