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Clayton Gray of Halfway, Oregon, whose passenger was a Crook County High School student, rolled his vehicle on Highway 27 near Prineville Wednesday evening

A resident of Halfway, Oregon, and brother of a local high school student was killed in a vehicle crash on Crooked River Highway south of Prineville Wednesday evening.

According to an Oregon State Police report, the crash occurred near milepost 5 on Highway 27 shortly after 8 p.m. June 9. An investigation revealed that a Kia Spectra driven by 19-year-old Clayton Gray, of Halfway, was northbound when it crossed the southbound lane, left the roadway and rolled.

Gray sustained fatal injuries and was pronounced deceased.

A juvenile passenger, whose name was not disclosed by authorities, was transported by Airlink to St. Charles Hospital with serious injuries. According to a Crook County School District statement released Thursday morning, the juvenile attends Crook County High School and is the younger brother of the driver.

"Our hearts are broken for the family, and we are ready to provide whatever support is needed," said Crook County High School Principal Michelle Jonas. "We're a small, close-knit community, so tragedies like this affect all of us deeply. We're praying the student makes a full recovery,"

Superintendent Dr. Sara Johnson went on to stress that schools are like family "and when one of our own is hurt, or tragedy strikes, we all feel that."

"Crook County School District is committed to supporting the family and providing all the resources we can to help our students and staff," she said.

School district officials went on to note that these types of events are always difficult and emotional events that affect staff and students in different ways. Consequently, counselors at the high school were meeting with students and were available all school day Thursday to answer questions and provide support.


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