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Three Seriously Injured in Single Vehicle Crash south of Prineville
12/23/2009
Lieutenant Gregg Hastings
Public Information Officer
(503) 731-3020 ext. 247

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Oregon State Police (OSP) troopers are continuing the investigation into Wednesday morning's single vehicle rollover crash south of Prineville that resulted in serious injury to three people. Investigators have not yet confirmed who was driving the vehicle.
 
According to OSP Senior Trooper Gary Martin, on December 23, 2009 at approximately 4:43 a.m. a 2005 Toyota Tacoma four-door pickup with three Prineville residents was northbound on Highway 27 near milepost 3 when its driver lost control on ice and traveled off the highway. The pickup rolled numerous times before coming to rest on its side about 200 feet from the highway.
 
One of the occupants identified as TAYLOR M. KNOX, age 19, was found by a passing motorist along the highway trying to flag down traffic to get emergency medical response. KNOX was transported by ambulance to Prineville Memorial Hospital with serious injuries. Safety restraint use by KNOX is pending confirmation.
 
A second occupant was ejected and found unconscious in the field bordering the highway. LUKE B. ESTES, age 19, was transported by air ambulance to St. Charles Medical Center in Bend with critical injuries. He was not using safety restraints.
 
The third occupant, FABIAN PATINO, age 35, was seriously injured and initially transported by ambulance to Prineville Memorial Hospital. He was then taken by air ambulance to St. Charles Medical Center in Bend. He was using safety restraints.
 
OSP troopers from Bend and Madras offices are continuing the investigation.
 
Crook County Sheriff's Office and Prineville Fire & Rescue assisted at the scene.