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DCSO: Driver falls asleep, crashes east of Bend

Suffers minor injuries in Deschutes Mkt. Rd. crash

BEND, Ore. - A Redmond woman suffered minor injuries early Saturday when she apparently fell asleep at the wheel of her car and it left Deschutes Market Road east of Bend, smashing through two fences before coming to rest in a yard, Deschutes County sheriff’s deputies said.

Deputies were dispatched shortly before 6 a.m. to the crash at the intersection of Deschutes Market Road and View Lane.

Dispatchers said the driver of the 1988 Toyota Corolla, Mariah Smith, 24, reported she had fallen asleep at the wheel and crashed through fences along the road.

Deputies found the car in a grass yard on the east side of the road. They determined Smith was heading south on Deschutes Market Road and crossed into the oncoming lane, then went off the east edge of the road, hitting two fences before coming to rest.

Smith was evaluated by Bend Fire Department medics, treated for non-life-threatening injuries and released at the scene. Deputies said the car was towed from the scene due to damage.

An investigation confirmed the apparent cause of the crash was the driver falling asleep, and deputies said speed, alcohol or other factors are not believed to be factors. The sheriff’s office would like to hear from any potential witnesses at 541-693-6911, case no. 17-114652.


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