Reserve deputy suffers severe injury
A longtime reserve and marine deputy for the Jefferson County Sheriff's Office, Bill Kenyon, 66, of Culver, was severely injured in a motorcycle accident on U.S. Highway 97, in Terrebonne, on May 18.
Kenyon was riding his 2014 Harley Davidson motorcycle northbound around 4:50 p.m., entering Terrebonne from the south, when he was struck by a pickup truck turning south onto Highway 97 from Northwest 11th Street, according to Sgt. Michael Berland, of the Bend office of Oregon State Police.
The driver of the pickup, a white, 2010 Chevy Silverado, Cody McMahon, 24, of Prineville, said that he didn't see Kenyon.
"He literally just clipped the motorcycle," said Berland, noting that there was slight damage to the right front of the pickup, and damage to the right side of the motorcycle. "The motorcycle almost got by him."
McMahon, who was not injured, was cited for for careless driving, and failure to obey a traffic control device.
Kenyon suffered serious injuries and was transported by Redmond Fire and Rescue to St. Charles Bend.
According to Marc Heckathorn, JCSO undersheriff, Kenyon, lost his right leg below the knee, and also had a broken pelvis and hip, requiring emergency surgery.
The following morning, Heckathorn visited him at the hospital and said that he was "talking, joking and laughing."
"Bill and his wife, Dianne, are amazing people, and his spirit and resolve remain unbroken," Heckathorn noted on the JCSO Facebook page.
"Bill is amazingly upbeat and is already making plans to replace his damaged Harley Davidson with a three-wheeled motorcycle," he said. "Bill made it clear riding on the back of a motorcycle, with his wife driving, wasn't going to be an option for him."
"Bill, thankfully, doesn't have any head, neck, or spine injuries," said Heckathorn.
Kenyon, who has been a reserve for the JCSO since October 2004, was still hospitalized at St. Charles Bend on Tuesday morning.