Sep 17,2007 00:00
One person died Friday afternoon when his pickup crossed the centerline on Powell Butte Highway and collided with two other vehicles. One of the other vehicles was towing a trailer loaded with twelve golf carts that spilled onto the shoulder.
Another southbound 2008 Ford F350 truck driven by Powell Butte resident James Thomas Rash Jr., 58, was following the Dodge pickup and collided head-on with the Chevrolet pickup.
Singmaster was reportedly not using safety restraints and died in the crash. The pickup he was operating was registered to Rick's Custom Fencing.
Helm and his passenger, Bryan Ellis Hutsteth, 19, of Salem, were using safety restraints and received minor or no injuries. Both were taken by private party to St. Charles Medical Center in Bend for examination. The pickup Helm was operating is registered to High Desert Golf Course.
Oregon State Police troopers from Bend and Prineville offices are continuing the investigation. Crook County Sheriff's Office, Crook County Deputy District Attorney Daina Vitolinis, Bend Fire Department, and Crook County Road Department assisted.