Redmond, Oregon – On July 31st at around Redmond Police, Redmond Fire, Oregon State Police and Deschutes County Sheriff Deputies responded to the report of a serious injury motor vehicle crash on South Highway 97 approximately ¼ of a mile north of Yew Avenue. A motorcyclist had been struck by a semi-truck.
Officers on scene utilized a tourniquet along with other first aid measures to the motorcycle rider. Once Redmond Fire was on scene the rider was transported code 3 to Bend St Charles trauma unit.
Redmond Police were assisted by Oregon State Police and Deschutes County Deputies with the crash investigation. The preliminary investigation indicates the motorcyclist was departing from the Timbers Tavern parking lot onto the highway to travel north bound. The semi-truck was traveling south on the highway in the right-hand lane, and from evidence on scene attempted to brake and move to the left lane in what appears to be an effort to avoid the crash but was unable to.
Life Flight was called but due to response time it was deemed in the rider’s best interest to transport them to Bend by ambulance.
The rider has been identified as Denise Campbell, 50 year old female from Redmond Oregon. She was last reported to be in stable but serious condition at Bend St Charles. She was wearing a helmet and other protective gear at the time of the crash. The driver of the semi-truck was identified as Sarbjit Nannar, 55 year old male from California, and he has been cooperating with the investigation. It is believed that alcohol was a factor in this crash.
Redmond Police would like to remind drivers to look both ways and make sure the roadway is clear before entering the highway and for traffic on the highway to be watchful of persons entering or leaving driveways or side streets. Please use alcohol responsibly and do not drive while intoxicated.
If anyone witnessed this crash or believes they have pertinent information to the investigation they are asked to contact the Redmond Police Department at 541-693-6911 and refer to case 17-235302.