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Officials ID Madras man, 20, killed in crash; driver, 17, charged with DUII

Columbia Drive fatal crash Jefferson County SO 1013
Jefferson County Sheriff's Office
Scene of fatal crash Tuesday morning on Columbia Drive NW of Madras.

(Update: Crash victim identified; driver charged with DUII)

MADRAS, Ore. (KTVZ) -- Jefferson County authorities on Wednesday identified a 20-year-old Madras man killed Tuesday in a single-vehicle crash that also brought drunken driving charges against the 17-year-old driver.

The crash, which also injured the other occupants, was reported just after 7:30 a.m. Tuesday along Northwest Columbia Drive near Fir Lane, Sheriff Jim Adkins said.

The car carrying the driver and three passengers left the road, damaged a power pole and overturned in a field, Undersheriff Marc Heckathorn said.

Heckathorn said Christopher Dorale Johnson was killed in the crash.

He said the 17-year-old driver was charged with DUII-alcohol and that the other occupants are cooperating with the investigation. No other information was released.

Oregon State Police reconstructed the crash scene and the Jefferson County District Attorney’s Office assisted in the investigation. Heckathorn also thanked Jefferson County Fire District No. 1 for assisting on the scene and the Jefferson County Public Works Department for closing the roadway.

Central Oregon / Jefferson County / News

Barney Lerten

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      1. just stop dude, nobody needs your explanation about anything. That person wasn’t even asking a question, they were making a statement. You are easily the most delusional person in media in Central Oregon. A pure joke

    1. Thankyou Tom, this is the appropriate response to a story like this. How awful to lose your child this way. And for the kid who was the driver, his life is changed forever also, as well as the passengers that survived. Alcohol = poison.

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