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4 teens injured in pickup rollover crash on USFS road south of Bend

Pickup truck carrying 5 teens left Forest Service road south of Bend, rolled several times, Deschutes County sheriff's deputies say
Deschutes County Sheriff's Office
Pickup truck carrying 5 teens left Forest Service road south of Bend, rolled several times, Deschutes County sheriff's deputies say

BEND, Ore. (KTVZ) – Four teens were injured, at least one seriously, Friday evening when the pickup truck in which they were riding – two in the truck bed --- left a forest road south of Bend and rolled several times, Deschutes County sheriff’s deputies said. The 16-year-old driver was cited.

Deputies were dispatched around 7:20 p.m. to the reported single-vehicle crash on Forest Service 1815, near China Hat Road, Sgt. Aaron Harding said.

Deputies found a black 2004 Toyota pickup on its side after apparently rolling several times and coming to rest against a tree.

An initial investigation determined the pickup, carrying five 15- and 16-year-old Bend males, was heading north on the gravel road “at a high rate of speed for the conditions” when the 16-year-old at the wheel lost control as the truck fishtailed and then rolled.

The three riding in the cab of the pickup all said they were wearing seat belts, Harding said. Two others, riding in the truck bed, were thrown in the crash.

Bend Fire & Rescue medics treated several of the juvenile males for injuries, Harding said. Three were taken to St. Charles Bend, at least one with serious injuries while a fourth was brought to the ER by his mother.

All of the families were notified. The driver was cited on one count of reckless driving and four counts of recklessly endangering another person.

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  1. Hope every one of those young men make it out alright. Speaking from experience, not only will the physical trauma can be difficult to get past, but the mental trauma is a whole different ball park.

    1. And yet, grown adults get wasted drunk and do way worse. Some of those grown adults feel like they need to blame the Governor when it rains outside. You have zero point.

      1. Yes, alcoholism impacts the brains ability to mature and this is why you see adults behaving like children because their development level is that of a child. Alcohol is more dangerous than anyone cares to admit. Hopefully these kids weren’t drinking and can learn and mature from this bad decision.

        1. Officials say there is no indication alcohol or drugs were involved. (I waffle on including that in stories, because it actually raises that issue. Instead, I figure perhaps it’s best to just state it, if someone raises the issue. We did ask.)

              1. And you didn’t need to comment because nobody was talking to you, Barney. It’s really really cringe that you don’t understand how this works. Stay out of the conversation, literally nobody is asking you anything or talking to you. Stop it

    2. You have no problem with them going into Sportsman’s Warehouse and walking out 30 min later with an assault rifle though. (since there is no 223 of 556 for a thousand miles this is probably not a big deal either, jus’ sayin’)

  2. I thought a 16 year old has a probationary license that prohibits them from transporting an unrelated person until they turn 17. Was this Dad’s truck? or did his parents give him the truck for a present? I don’t think he will need one for awhile.

    1. Yes tomd ~ clearly the “requirements” were ignored.

      *During the first six months with a license, teens can’t drive with a passenger under 20 who isn’t an immediate family member.

      *During the second six months, teens can’t drive with more than three passengers under the age of 20.

    1. Hopefully so. But sounds like one was seriously injured. I’ve learned that reports of “non life threatening injuries” can often be not as rosy as it sounds. Permanent injuries are often involved.

  3. Big oops.. for all. I hope the seriously injured teen heals and recovers and they consider their actions/ the outcome.

    *** Per ORDMV

    * During the first six months with a license,
    teens can’t drive with a passenger under 20 who isn’t an immediate family member.

    *During the second six months,teens can’t drive with more than three passengers under the age of 20.

    1. I know “rules are made to be broken” right? Some “rules” ( in this case, the law) are made for good reason. Perfect illustration here of “Broken rules=Broken bodies”.

  4. People of any age are capable of this sort of thing. I wish them all a speedy recovery.

    Some of these comments are absurd and leave doubt that humanity is still among the majority. This has nothing to do with voter’s rights or substances. This will impact those involved for a life time.

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