May 10, 2017

Redmond teen injured in Wednesday car crash

From Deschutes County Sheriff's Office:

Injury Motor Vehicle Crash 
By: Sgt. K. Dizney 


Vehicle #1 2009 Freightliner Semi truck with 53' box trailer 

Vehicle #2 1998 Toyota 4Runner Silver 

Driver #1 Vallejoflores, Marcos Age: 36 Pico Rivera, CA 

Driver #2 Spencer, Alexandra Age: 18 Redmond, OR 


On Wednesday, 051017, at approximately 1203 hours, the Deschutes County Sheriff's Office was dispatched to an injury crash at the intersection of Old Bend/Redmond Highway at Tumalo Road. The sheriff's office received reports that the crash involved a sport utility vehicle and a semi-truck towing a 53' trailer. 

Deputies arrived within minutes of the call and investigated the crash. It was determined the semi-truck, while traveling eastbound on Tumalo Road, failed to stop at the stop sign at Old Bend/Redmond Highway and impacted into a silver Toyota 4Runner traveling northbound through the intersection. This caused the 4Runner to be pushed eastbound on Tumalo Road and the semi-truck to turn toward the north causing the truck to go off the road and come to rest in a pasture on the northeast corner of the intersection. A resident in the area was spraying for weeds along the side of the road and was nearly hit by the out of control semi-truck. When the truck came to rest, the tractor portion was impacted into a tree and through a fence at the property mentioned above. The semi-trailer came to rest across Tumalo Road blocking both lanes of travel. At this time, the roadway is still blocked while removing the semi-truck. 

Bend Fire Department assisted and transported the driver of the 4Runner, Alexandra Spencer, to SCMC with non-life-threatening injuries. The driver of the semi-truck, Marcos Vallejoflores, was not injured and remained on scene to assist with the investigation. 

Deputies learned from Vallejoflores that his brakes were suddenly not functioning correctly and that he had tried to slow down and stop by downshifting the truck, but could not stop before entering the intersection. Estimates from Vallejoflores and other witnesses estimate he may have entered the intersection traveling around 30-40 miles per hour. The Oregon Department of Transportation and the Oregon State Police assisted with a truck inspection at the scene of the crash and it was determined preliminarily that the semi-trailer brakes were out of adjustment, which may have contributed to the crash. ODOT placed the trailer out of service where it was later removed by Consolidated Towing. ODOT is still in the process of assessing the semi-tractor for adequate equipment. 

Vallejoflores was arrested and released on a citation to appear from the scene for Reckless Driving. Alcohol, drugs, and/or distracted driving are not believed to be factors in this crash at this time.

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