BEND, OR -- The Deschutes County Sheriff's Office is investigating a fatal crash that occurred Monday night near Powell Butte Highway and McGrath Road, east of Bend. Emergency crews responded to the rollover crash at about 7:50 p.m. and medics transported three people to St. Charles Bend.
Authorities say a 36-year-old man died at the hospital as a result of injuries sustained in the crash, although few details have been released as of Tuesday morning.
TUESDAY P.M. UPDATE: The Sheriff’s Office says speed is to blame for the Monday evening crash on Powell Butte Highway; and, they're investigating whether intoxicants were a contributing factor. According to investigators, 25-year-old Samantha Toews, of Powell Butte, failed to negotiate a curve near McGrath Road, rolling the car several times.
Her front passenger, 36-year-old Jason House of Powell Butte, was not wearing his seatbelt and was ejected. He succumbed to his injuries and was pronounced dead at the hospital. Toews was taken to the hospital with significant injuries and a nine-year-old girl in the back seat suffered only minor injuries.