(Update: crash details; driver charged)
Other accidents were reported in the region during a rainy start to the weekend
BEND, ore. (KTVZ) – A 21-year-old La Pine man has been charged with DUI, assault and reckless endangerment in a four-car rear-end crash Friday afternoon on Bend Parkway that sent two people to St. Charles with serious injuries, police said. said.
According to Lieutenant Mike Landolt, around 3:40 p.m., callers informed the dispatcher about the accident, which occurred on the inner (left) north lane of the parkway (Hwy 97) near the Highway 20 “loop” at the exit (Exit 135A).
The investigation determined that the white van and blue Toyota 4-Runner were pulled over because traffic was obstructed, Landolt said.
According to the lieutenant, a third car, a gray Jeep Cherokee, was slowing down when a fourth car, a black Dodge pickup truck, slammed into the Jeep, which then struck two cars that had stopped in front of it.
The pickup truck driver, who suffered minor injuries, is charged with DUII drinking, two counts of second-degree assault, five counts of reckless endangerment and reckless driving, Landolt said.
A woman, a passenger in the front seat of the Jeep, and a child who was a passenger in the back seat of that vehicle were taken to St. Charles Bend with serious injuries. The driver of the jeep was also hospitalized with minor injuries.
According to ODOT Region 4 spokeswoman Casey Davey, the southbound lanes were closed for nearly an hour as they were being used to bring ambulances to the scene. The southbound boulevard reopened around 4:30 pm and the northbound lanes were cleared an hour later.
It was one of several reported accidents, including two in the Redmond area, as the Memorial Day weekend travel period began with rain over much of the region.