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Truck fails to navigate corner on Jordan Road rolls down steep embankment into lake

PHOTO COURTESY JEFFERSON COUNTY SHERRIF'S OFFICE - Tuesday, Aug. 31,  27-year-old Joseph Wylder, of Bend failed to navigate this turn on Jordan Road, sending his truck into Lake Billy Chinook. Jefferson County Sheriff Deputies recovered the body and towed the truck from the river.

At about 3:30 a.m. Tuesday, Aug. 31, Jefferson County Sheriff's Deputy David Poole answered a call for a potential motor vehicle accident south of the Crooked River Day Use area at Cove Palisades State Park.

Family members said a member of their party was overdue arriving at the campsite, and they discovered skid marks along the road leading down a steep embankment to the water. Deputy Poole located a debris field and found a deceased male had been ejected from a vehicle. The vehicle was not visible and was presumed to be in the lake. The investigation determined Joseph Wylder, 27, of Bend, left his house around 9:30 p.m. and failed to navigate a corner on Jordan Road and rolled his 1999 Ford Expedition into Lake Billy Chinook. Joseph's dog was with him during the crash. The dog was found and returned to the family. Drugs and alcohol do not appear to be factors in this case. No other persons were injured and no criminal charges are pending. "This crash appears to be a tragic accident," states Sheriff Marc Heckathorn. "We are saddened for the family's loss and offer them our thoughts and prayers."

The Jefferson County Fire Department aided in recovery efforts. Ira's towing helped remove the vehicle from the lake. Three divers from the Deschutes County Sheriff's Office helped locate the truck and connect the tow cables. Jordan Road was closed for about an hour and a half during recovery.

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