A 32-year-old Redmond man was arrested and jailed on manslaughter, drunk driving and other charges in a violent SUV rollover crash on Highway 97 south of Redmond Friday night that killed a 7-year-old girl and injured four other girls, three critically or seriously, Oregon State Police said.
Troopers said William Wayne Fix was driving a 1997 Chevy Suburban headed north on Highway 97 near Young Avenue “in a reckless manner” when he lost control and it left the road, struck a rock embankment and rolled, coming to rest on its side.
A 7-year-old Redmond girl was pronounced dead at the scene, troopers said. Three others, one 10 and two 14, were critically or seriously injured.
Two girls were taken to St. Charles Bend and one then flown to Oregon Health and Science University in Portland. The seriously injured girl was taken to St. Charles Redmond. A fourth girl, also 7, was taken to the Redmond hospital for treatment of minor injuries, troopers said.
The girls’ names were due for release later Saturday after confirming family notifications.
Fix was taken to St. Charles Bend for treatment, and upon release was lodged in the Deschutes County Jail.Jail records Saturday showed he was being held on $122,500 bail, facing charges of second-degree manslaughter, third-degree assault, DUII alcohol, reckless driving and recklessly endangering another person.
The county sheriff’s and district attorney’s offices were involved in the continuing investigation. Seat belt use was pending confirmation, and other details were not released Saturday morning.
The crash was reported around 7:17 p.m. at milepost 128 on the highway near Young Avenue, and first responders to arrive on scene confirmed one fatality and several injuries, said OSP Lt. Gregg Hastings.
An AirLink helicopter was called to the scene to bring the most seriously injured to the hospital.
Redmond Fire medics and Deschutes County sheriff’s deputies were among the first on scene of the crash, which soon backed up traffic for miles in both directions.
Shortly after 9 p.m., Deschutes County dispatchers reported one lane of the highway had reopened in both directions.
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