By Kyle Spurr
The Bend Bulletin 

Manslaughter charges considered against Goldendale man

 

January 3, 2018



Oregon State Police investigators are considering manslaughter charges against the driver involved in a fatal crash Dec. 6 on U.S. Highway 97 near Sunriver that killed a Bend man, according to court documents.

Charges for reckless driving and driving under the influence of intoxicants may also be recommended.

Court documents show OSP believes it has the evidence to prove Shannon Ray Rogers, 55, of Goldendale, Washington, was under the influence of intoxicants and speeding when he rear-ended a white 1991 Toyota pickup, driven by Brian Jay Harris, 56, of Bend.

Harris died at the scene.

A search of Rogers’ 2006 Nissan Quest minivan found a bottle of Smirnoff vodka, a “Top Shelf” marijuana tube with residue, a pink vape pen with a charger and a silver marijuana pipe with marijuana. The search also found paper receipts and a black cellphone with black “Otter Box” case.

Oregon State Trooper Jason Hansen described how he responded and noticed that “Rogers’ face appeared flushed and his eyes appeared glassy and watery,” according to court documents.

Later, Hansen wrote how another trooper visited Rogers at St. Charles Bend and Rogers “smelled of an alcoholic beverage as he was being treated by hospital staff.”

A blood sample taken at the hospital showed Rogers’ blood alcohol content was 0.22 percent, more than double the legal limit, according to court documents.

Deschutes County District Attorney John Hummel said he has not received the final reports from OSP on its investigation.

“We have been in contact with them about the investigation,” Hummel said. “I expect the results shortly and will make a charging decision at that time.”

The crash occurred about 10:15 a.m. Dec. 6. Harris was heading north on U.S. Highway 97 when Rogers struck the back of his pickup, sending him off the road and into a tree, according to OSP.

Rogers, who was traveling from Fresno, California, veered off the road and into a tree. He was injured and transported to St. Charles Bend.

A woman who witnessed the crash as she was traveling northbound on Highway 97 told investigators Rogers was driving at about 90 mph and passed her so fast it scared her, according to court documents.

The woman said she had to drive off the shoulder of the road so the minivan would not crash into her. She described the minivan as “all over the road,” swerving as it passed her, according to court documents.

“After the minivan passed her location, she witnessed debris and snow flying from the collision that occurred in front of her,” Hansen wrote in his report.


 

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