Goldendale man charged with manslaughter, DUII in fatal December crash in Oregon

The following is a press release from the Oregon State Police:

***UPDATE***

On March 29th, 2018, 55 year old Shannon Ray Rogers was taken into custody in Goldendale, Washington as a result of a Deschutes County Grand Jury indictment for criminal charges stemming from a fatal crash in Deschutes County.  The indictment included the following charges:

  • Manslaughter in the 1st Degree
  • Driving Under the Influence of Intoxicants
  • Reckless Driving
  • 9 Counts of Recklessly Endangering Another Person
  • Criminal Mischief in the 2nd Degree

Please refer any inquiries to the Deschutes County District Attorney’s Office.

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On Wednesday, December 6, 2017, at about 10:15 a.m., Oregon State Police (OSP) Troopers and emergency personnel responded to the report of a two-vehicle crash on Highway 97 at Milepost 151 (near Sunriver).

Preliminary investigation revealed that a silver 2006 Nissan Quest, operated by Shannon Ray ROGERS, age 55, of Goldendale, Washington, was traveling northbound when for unknown reasons, struck the rear of a northbound white 1981 Toyota pickup, operated by Brian Jay HARRIS, age 56, of Bend. The Toyota veered off the road and impacted into a tree and the Nissan continued northbound and then veered off the road and also impacted into a tree.

HARRIS was pronounced deceased at the scene and ROGERS received non-life threatening injuries and was transported to the local area hospital for treatment.

Highway 97 was closed for about 30 minutes until one alternating lane was opened for traffic. OSP was assisted at the scene by Deschutes County Sheriff’s Office, Sunriver Fire Department, Bend Fire and Rescue, and Oregon Department of Transportation (ODOT).

Alcohol and speed are being investigated as possible contributing factors in the crash. This is an ongoing investigation and more information will be released when available.