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News Release
China Hat Rollover Crash (Photo) - 04/30/21


China Hat Rollover Crash


Released by: Sgt. Aaron Harding         

Release Date: April 30, 2021


Driver #1: Juvenile male, 16, Bend, Oregon

Vehicle #1: 2004 Toyota Tundra





On April 30, 2021, at about 7:23 p.m., deputies with the Deschutes County Sheriff’s Office were dispatched to a single vehicle crash on USFS Road 1815 near China Hat Rd.  Responding deputies arrived and found a Black 2004 Toyota pickup truck on its side after apparently rolling over several times. 


The initial investigation determined the vehicle was northbound on USFS Road 1815 at a high rate of speed for the conditions.  The driver lost control of the vehicle as it fishtailed and then rolled over several times.


The vehicle was occupied by five juvenile males ranging in age from 15 to 16.  Three juveniles were in the cab of the pickup, and two juveniles were riding in the bed of the pickup.  The two juveniles in the bed of the pickup were thrown from the vehicle as it rolled over. 


Bend Fire Department personnel responded and treated several juveniles for injuries. 


Three of the juveniles were transported to the emergency room at St. Charles Medical Center by Bend Fire Department personnel, and at least one sustained serious injuries.  A fourth juvenile was admitted to the emergency room after being transported there by his mother. 


All the families of the involved juveniles have been notified.  The driver of the pickup was cited for one count of Reckless Driving and 4 counts of Recklessly Endangering Another Person.




The Deschutes County Sheriff’s Office is a full service agency that oversees the adult jail, provides patrol, criminal investigations, civil process and search and rescue operations. Special units include SWAT, Marine Patrol, ATV Patrol, Forest Patrol, along with six K9 teams. Founded in 1916 and today led by your duly elected Sheriff L. Shane Nelson, the Deschutes County Sheriff’s Office serves over 200,000 residents in Deschutes County. The agency has 259 authorized and funded personnel, which includes 191 sworn employees who provide services to the 3,055 square miles of Deschutes County.


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