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Bend motorist attempting illegal passing of several cars on Powell Butte Highway sideswipes vehicle

PHOTO COURTESY OF CROOK COUNTY SHERIFF'S OFFICE - Two Powell Butte women were injured in a crash on Powell Butte Highway.

Two Powell Butte women were injured in a vehicle collision with a Bend motorist on Powell Butte Highway Monday afternoon.

The crash, which occurred near mile post 3, was reported just before 3:30 p.m. An investigation conducted by Crook County deputies determined that 75-year-old Powell Butte resident Nancy Cruikshank was driving her 2014 Toyota SUV westbound on Powell Butte Highway with passenger Kathy Stormer, 72, of Powell Butte. Cruikshank was preparing to make a left turn into a driveway when a 2015 GMC van driven by 35-year-old Bend man Christopher Phillips sideswiped her vehicle as he attempted to pass several vehicles in front of him. The area is marked as a no passing area by the solid yellow lines on the highway.

The impact from the collision caused Cruikshank's vehicle to leave the road and go into a ditch where it collided head on with a small tree.

Both Cruikshank and Stormer were transported to St. Charles Medical Center-Bend due to their injuries. Phillips was issued a citation for unsafe passing. There was no indication of drugs and/or alcohol on any of the drivers.

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