Redmond police and Oregon State Police
Redmond, Ore – evening, April 9, at approximately Officers from the Redmond Police Department responded to the intersection of Oregon Highway 126 East and SE Ochoco Way, Redmond, after receiving a report of a single vehicle crash involving a motorcycle.
Officers arriving on scene found witnesses to the crash treating the motorcycle operator. The operator was later identified as Mr. Robert Skierkiewicz, 55 years of age, from Bend. Skierkiewicz was transported by Life Flight air ambulance to St Charles Medical Center – Bend, with life-threatening injuries.
Preliminary investigation at the scene revealed Skierkiewicz was traveling westbound on Hwy 126 and was passing a group of three Oregon National Guard military Humvees as he approached and then entered a curve in the road. The motorcycle left the south side of the roadway after another vehicle approached traveling east. Skierkiewicz was thrown from his motorcycle, sustaining severe injuries. Helmet use and type is currently not known. Alcohol is being investigated as a contributing factor in this crash.
The Oregon National Guard soldiers Skierkiewicz was passing included several trained medics. The medics provided lifesaving care until additional medical personnel from Redmond Fire & Rescue arrived.
Because Skierkiewicz was transported by helicopter, the Oregon State Police conducted the criminal investigation in Bend resulting in the arrest of Skierkiewicz by way of criminal citation. Skierkiewicz was arrested for DUII, Reckless Driving and two counts of Recklessly Endangering Another Person. Skierkiewicz remains in the care of St Charles hospital in critical condition.
Now that it is spring, the days are getting longer, warmer and motorcycles are once again becoming common place on our highways. Operating a motorcycle after becoming impaired by alcohol or other drug, legal or not, is extremely dangerous. Impaired riding often leads to increased risk taking and higher than appropriate speeds. According to the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration (NHTSA), in fatal crashes in 2013, motorcycle riders involved (killed and survived) in fatal crashes had higher percentages of alcohol impairment than any other type of motor vehicle driver (27% for motorcycle riders, 23% for passenger car drivers, 21% for light-truck drivers, and 2% for drivers of large trucks).
Your law enforcement agencies in Central Oregon desire not to have to pick up the pieces of a fatal DUII crash or have to notify your family members of a DUII related fatality or injury. DUII crashes are 100% preventable, if a person makes the right choice not to drive after drinking or using another drug.
PLEASE DRIVE, AND RIDE, SOBER