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Two-car accident results in inferno

Speed and alcohol are believed to be factors in the Sunday morning crash


Photo Credit: CONTRIBUTED PHOTO - This 2014 Subaru Crosstrack became fully engulfed in flames after hitting a Nissan that was blocking the road, leaving the highway and striking a juniper tree.

A multi-car accident on Davis Loop resulted in a Prineville man being transported to St. Charles Family Care with injuries.

The Crook County Sheriff’s office reported that on Sunday, Aug. 17, at 2:10 a.m., Jesse Snyder, 28, was driving his 2003 Nissan passenger car at a high rate of speed, spinning out of control near milepost one.

According to Sgt. James Savage, when deputies arrived on the scene, the Nissan was found blocking the southbound lane and had been severely damaged.

A second car, a 2014 Subaru Crosstrack, driven by Jose Nunez, 21, with passenger Carissa Griffin, 21 both of Prineville, had crashed into a juniper tree and was fully engulfed in flames.

Deputies were able to determine that the Subaru was following the Nissan southbound and came up a rise in the roadway and struck the Nissan as it spun out of control. The Subaru then left the roadway and struck the juniper tree, catching on fire.

Deputies were able to knock the fire down enough with fire extinguishers to tell that nobody else was in the vehicle.

Nunez and Griffin were not injured in the crash and were able to escape the Subaru before it caught fire.

The case is still under investigation but speed and alcohol were considered factors in the accident.

The case is being forwarded to the district attorney for charges of reckless driving and driving under the influence of intoxicants for Snyder.

Deputies were assisted at the scene by the Oregon State Police and Crook County Fire and Rescue.



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