Two crashes occur in nearly same location a half-hour apart
Two traffic crashes happened in roughly the same area less than a half-hour apart Wednesday morning resulting in injuries and traffic citations.
According to a Prineville Police Department report, the first crash between a vehicle and a motorcycle happened around 6:40 a.m., on Highway 126 near the intersection of Rimrock Road. Authorities said that 29-year-old Bend man Ryan Short was driving his motorcycle east on the highway toward Prineville. As he neared the bottom of the grade, a car being driven by 31-year-old Prineville woman Kristi Cross pulled out from Rimrock Road onto the highway. The motorcycle crashed into the rear driver's side of the passenger car and Short was thrown from his motorcycle to the pavement several feet away.
Police reported that Short had obvious broken bones to both of his legs as he drifted in and out of consciousness. He was transported to St. Charles Prineville and soon after transported to Bend via Air Link. The extent of Short's injuries were not known at the time of the report. Short was wearing a helmet and protective riding gear.
Cross was uninjured and issued a citation for failure to obey a traffic control device. Damage to both vehicles was estimated at more than $5,000.
A second crash happened near the first crash scene just before 7:10 a.m. Police said two vehicles traveling west, driven by 47-year-old Prineville man Justin Herinckx and 20-year-old Prineville woman Megan Stevens, had slowed during heavy traffic because of the crash scene, emergency vehicles and ODOT in the area. A third vehicle, driven by 26-year-old Prineville man Andrew McConnell, appeared to be traveling west at a high rate of speed. As McConnell approached the two slowed vehicles, he was not able to stop in time and crashed into the vehicle driven by Stevens, which then caused her vehicle to collide with the vehicle driven by Herinckx.
None of the parties involved reported being injured at the time of the crash. McConnell was issued a citation for careless driving and driving without an operator's license. Damage to all vehicles involved was estimated at more than $5,000.
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