Charges levied from fatal car wreck
A Prineville man was arrested just before midnight Wednesday on 14 charges stemming from an Oct. 21 vehicle accident on Southeast Reservoir Road that took the lives of two people.
Justin Dewey Bittick, 37, turned himself in at the Crook County Jail lobby, said Crook County Sheriff's Office Sgt. Brian Bottoms.
"After our lengthy investigation and getting results from different evidence back, the DA's office put out a secret indictment warrant for his arrest, and he was picked up last night on that," Bottoms said Thursday.
Stephan Leader-Bowles, age 21, of Madras, and Caleb Williams, age 23, of Prineville, died in the crash.
Bittick faces 14 charges, including two counts of first-degree manslaughter; two counts of second-degree manslaughter; two counts of criminally negligent homicide; two counts of third-degree assault; driving under the influence of intoxicants; reckless driving; and four counts of reckless endangering.
Bail is set at $100,000.
At 2:22 a.m. Oct. 21, Crook County Sheriff deputies and Oregon State Police troopers were dispatched to a single vehicle roll over with multiple patients on Southeast Reservoir Road near mile post 4 about 20 miles southwest of Prineville and 20 miles east of Bend. Deschutes County Sheriff's Office, Crook County Fire and Rescue and Bend Fire also responded.
When law enforcement arrived on scene, they learned that there were five people in a 1987 Nissan Maxima at the time of the crash. Law enforcement performed life-saving measures on three of the patients, and they were transported to St. Charles Bend with serious injuries. Law enforcement was able to locate and identify two other males who were deceased at the scene.
The investigation revealed that the five people in the Nissan Maxima were traveling west on Southwest Reservoir Road and lost control of the vehicle while trying to negotiate a corner. The investigation revealed that the vehicle rolled several times, and all five subjects were ejected from the vehicle. It is believed that none of the occupants of the vehicle were wearing seatbelts. Alcohol and speed are believed to be a factor.