Two Bend residents were seriously injured Monday evening when their SUV left Hunnell Road north of Bend and rolled, possibly several times, coming to rest in a pasture, authorities said.
Deschutes County sheriff?s deputies and Bend Fire Department medics responded shortly after 6 p.m. to the reported crash on Hunnell Road south of Pohaku Road, in front of 64687 Hunnell Road, said sheriff?s Lt. Kevin Dizney.
Deputies arrived and found initial indications that the 2004 Mitsubishi Endeavor SUV had overturned, possibly rolling several times, before coming to rest in the pasture, he said.
Both the driver, Jennifer Lynn Herman, 37, and passenger Ray Donald Calhoon, 50, had possibly life-threatening injuries, Dizney said.
Herman was flown by helicopter to St. Charles Medical Center-Bend, while Calhoon was taken there by ambulance, the lieutenant said.
Herman was listed in critical condition at the hospital Tuesday morning and Calhoon was in serious condition, a spokeswoman said.
?Initial indications are that speed and alcohol are factors in this crash,? Dizney said.
The SUV was heading north on Hunnell Road, and no other vehicles were involved or believed to be in the area at the time, he said. The crash and investigation shut the road for about 4 ½ hours.
The sheriff?s office is continuing its investigation, and anyone who may have witnessed the crash or have information was asked to contact the agency at (541) 693-6911