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Update: Madras Man Dies From Injuries Received in 8/8/2013 Traffic Crash - Highway 97 south of Madras

August 15, 2013

Lieutenant Gregg Hastings
Public Information Officer
(503) 731-3020 ext 247

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Oregon State Police (OSP) received confirmation that DONALD W. HECKATHORN, age 64, from Madras, died Wednesday evening, August 14, from injuries sustained in an August 8th traffic crash at the intersection of Highway 97 and SW Dover Lane south of Madras. OSP is continuing the investigation in cooperation with the Jefferson County District Attorney's Office. An enforcement decision has not been made at this time.

Previously released information indicated on August 8, 2013 at approximately 3:00 p.m., a 1996 Cadillac four-door driven by GERALD S. GREEN, age 36, from Prineville, was eastbound on SW Dover Lane when GREEN failed to stop at a stop sign and collided with a northbound 2012 Harley Davidson motorcycle operated by DONALD W. HECKATHORN, age 64, from Madras.

HECKATHORN, a paramedic with Jefferson County EMS ambulance, was seriously injured and transported by air ambulance to St. Charles Medical Center in Bend. He was wearing a protective helmet.

GREEN was not injured.

OSP troopers from the Madras work site are continuing the investigation. Senior Trooper Clint Prevett is the lead investigator.

OSP was assisted at the scene by Jefferson County Sheriff's Office, Jefferson County EMS, Jefferson County Fire District #1, and ODOT.


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