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Driver Cited Related to Nov. 16th Serious Injury Crash - Highway 97 north of Bend
November 21, 2012

Lieutenant Gregg Hastings
Public Information Officer
(503) 731-3020 ext 247
gregg.hastings@state.or.us

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The investigation by Oregon State Police (OSP) into Friday night's serious injury traffic crash along Highway 97 between Bend and Redmond resulted in one of the drivers being cited to appear on numerous charges.
 
PEDRO F. SANCHEZ CARIERO, age 23, from Klamath Falls, was cited to appear in Deschutes County Circuit Court on the following charges:
 
* Driving Under the Influence of Intoxicants
* Reckless Driving
* Recklessly Endangering Another Person (3 counts)
* Assault in the Second Degree (3 counts)
* Criminal Mischief in the Second Degree
 
On November 16, 2012 at approximately 11:00 p.m., a 2004 Toyota 4Runner driven by ERIC J. SCHNEIDER, age 46, from Bend, was southbound on Highway 97 near milepost 125 when it was struck from behind by a 2009 Pontiac driven by SANCHEZ CARIERO. After impact, the Toyota sport utility vehicle traveled off the highway and rolled, coming to rest on its side. The Pontiac came to a rest in the center turn lane on Highway 97.
 
SANCHEZ CARIERO was transported by LifeFlight air ambulance to St. Charles Medical Center in Bend with serious injuries.
 
SCHNEIDER refused transport from medics, but two passengers from his vehicle were transported by ground ambulance to St. Charles Medical Center in Bend and Redmond with serious injuries. They are identified as WILLIAM SOUTHWORTH, age 70, and GAYE SOUTHWORTH, age 73, from Florida.
 
Trooper Bob Olson is the lead investigator.
 
OSP was assisted at the scene by Deschutes County Sheriff's Office, and fire departments from Bend and Redmond.