A Prineville man was critically injured Thursday evening after a motorist collided with his ATV causing him to be ejected from the vehicle.
According to Prineville Police Department reports, authorities responded to reports of the crash at the 2000 block of O'Neil Highway shortly before 5:30 p.m. Initial reports indicated the driver of the side-by-side style Polaris ATV, Harold Wayne Kee, had attempted to cross O'Neil Highway and was struck by a northbound Ford F-150 pickup driven by Texas man Tyler Lange.
Kee was ejected from the ATV and was in critical condition when responders arrived. The ATV ended up off of the roadway on its side about 30 feet from the point of impact, police reported. The pickup truck was 250 feet north of the point of impact and Lange, who was uninjured, fully cooperated with the investigation.
Following initial aid at the scene, Life Flight was activated and transported Kee to St. Charles Bend with serious and life threatening injuries.
O'Neil Highway was closed to traffic in both directions for approximately four hours while officers conducted the investigation. Authorities reported that intoxicants and excessive speed did not appear to be a factor. Both vehicles sustained significant damages.
No charges have been filed at this time, and the investigation will continue until all information is received. Prineville Police Department thanked all witnesses who came forward, along with the professional help of the Crook County Sheriff's Office, Oregon State Police, Crook County Fire and Rescue, and the ODOT team who provided traffic control.
Anyone with information regarding the incident is asked to contact the case agent, Officer Daniel Pelayo at 541-447-4168 or via Facebook at https://www.facebook.com/PrinevillePD/.
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