Two men were injured in the Oregon dunes after a third man crashed into their motorcycle with an ATV. All three men are presumed to have been intoxicated at the time of the incident.
The crash occurred on the evening of June 29 when the three men from Washington were enjoying a ride in the Oregon Dunes National Recreation Area. One of the men was operating a motorcycle, and the one who later sustained the most serious injuries was a passenger. The third man was operating a quad ATV and following at a distance of about 30 feet.
Police surmise that the man operating the motorcycle struggled with the extra weight of his passenger, and as a result, he crashed after the bike went over a small dune. After that, the man following on the ATV crashed into both of them. Both the motorcycle operator and his passenger were transported via ambulance to the hospital.
Due to the severity of his injuries, the motorcycle’s passenger, a 21-year-old, was then flown to a larger hospital better equipped to treat him. Information about his condition was not immediately available.
The ATV operator was cited for DUI at the scene. All three are believed to have been drinking, and the investigation is ongoing.
If the second man is charged, both of them could be in a tricky legal situation because they are from out of state. Whatever the circumstances, at least one of them is facing serious DUI charges, which may be enhanced due to the crash and subsequent injuries. A person in a similar situation may want to consult an attorney with experience in DUI cases as soon as possible. People who hire an experienced defense attorney might obtain a more agreeable outcome than those who try to go it alone.