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Prineville police sergeant responding to crash learns it killed one son, seriously injured another

Clayton Gray
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Clayton Gray

(Update: Correcting from family that Clayton Gray lived in Prineville)

GoFundMe page created to assist family with expenses

PRINEVILLE, Ore. (KTVZ) – A Prineville police sergeant who responded to a single-vehicle crash south of town Wednesday night learned it was his two teen-age sons who were injured, the oldest fatally, Prineville Police Chief Dale Cummins confirmed Friday.

“Tragedy has struck our small family,” Cummins said in a Facebook post about the crash on state Highway 27 about four miles south of Prineville.

State Police said the driver of the Kia Spectra, Clayton Gray, 19, of Prineville, was killed in the rollover crash and that a juvenile passenger was flown by air ambulance to St. Charles Bend with serious injuries.

(OSP had listed Gray as being a resident of the Baker County town of Halfway, but a family member said he lived in Prineville and his driver's license had not been updated to reflect the change.)

The Crook County School District later confirmed the younger sibling is a Crook County High School student.

Cummins said one of the responding officers, Sergeant Rob Gray, learned it was his two sons in the crash, and the 19-year-old died at the scene. His younger brother, 16, “thankfully has started the long process of recovery,” the police chief added.

"So often, we are asked how you can show support for your officers," Cummins wrote. "This is a chance to do just that. Anything you’re comfortable with giving, whether it’s a nice comment to this post, a card, or a prayer, all would be appreciated by the family."

For those wishing to help the Gray family with a donation, Cummins included an approved GoFundMe link. "Monetary donations will help cover the costs of life-flight, the hospital bills and the funeral," the police chief added.

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13 Comments

  1. My condolences to the family. Terrible to have to go through this. I cant imagine being a father and coming g up on my kids like this…damn.

  2. It’s always bad when it’s a young person but this must be the hardest thing he will ever do as a LEO. We have a friend who’s now a fire captain, but was a paramedic and responded to another friends heart attack when we were in our 30’s. He rode all the way to the hospital even though he was already gone. He said it was the hardest one he had worked, this must be so much worse, RIP young man and healing to the family!

  3. This has to be every police officers worst nightmare. I have been friends with officer Gray for several years, he is a great person, so sad to see this happen to him and his family. Praying for him and his family.

  4. I cannot even imagine the devastation here— my heart goes out to the entire family, friends, and loved ones. And may the officer/father find peace and comfort within the live and care of our community. Our hearts are with you.

  5. my heart goes out to the Gray family. there isnt that much info on this crash, they haven’t even said what really caused it, just the vehicles path.

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