Three of six Redmond teens in a speeding car were injured, one seriously, early Tuesday when the unlicensed driver failed to make a curve on Fryrear Road east of Sisters. The car left the road and rolled at least twice, throwing one passenger to the ground, Deschutes County sheriff’s deputies said.
The driver, an unidentified 17-year-old Redmond girl, was cited on five counts of reckless driving, three counts of four-degree assault and having no driver’s license, said sheriff’s Lt. Deron McMaster.
Around 1:15 a.m., sheriff’s deputies, Oregon State Police and Sisters-Camp Sherman and Cloverdale fire medics responded to the crash on Fryrear Road near milepost 4.5, McMaster said.
They arrived to find the car on its side, blocking the road, he said.
Investigating deputies determined the car was heading south at a high rate of speed when the driver failed to negotiate a curve and it left the road, McMaster said.
The driver over-corrected and the car overturned, rolling at least twice before coming to rest on its passenger side, he said.
During the rollover crash, another 17-year-old Redmond girl was thrown from the car and seriously injured, McMaster said, adding that deputies believe she had not been wearing her seat belt.
She was flown by Life Flight helicopter to St. Charles Medical Center-Bend with serious injuries, McMaster said.
Two of the other passengers, Jake Tayler Lynn Daniel, 19, and a 16-year-old girl, both from Redmond, also were hurt and were taken to the Bend hospital by ambulance, McMaster said.
Two other 17-year-olds, from Redmond and Sisters, were unhurt in the crash, he said.
McMaster said deputies’ investigation found the driver was driving too fast for the conditions, on a stretch of unlit road with numerous sharp curves.
“Alcohol does not appear to be a factor in this crash,” McMaster added.
Cloverdale Fire Chief Thad Olsen said at the crash scene that it also serves as a big warning for other drivers as the seasons change.
"We're just coming to the time of year where roads are icy, and coming around blind corners that may not have seen sun during the daylight, and more likely they'd (have) frost or ice on them," Olsen said. "So we just urge everybody to use caution, especially at night."