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(Correction on motorcycle riders that sustained injuries) Critical Injury Crash Highway 20 west of Bend

News Release from: Oregon State Police
Posted: July 18th, 2010 8:35 PM
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Four people were injured when two motorcycles were involved in a crash this morning on Highway 20 about 15 miles west of Bend.

On July 18, 2010 at about 9:58 a.m., Oregon State Police (OSP) troopers were dispatched to a motor vehicle crash involving two motorcycles on Highway 20 near milepost 14. A 2001 BMW K1200LT motorcycle, operated by BENJAMIN JONSSON, age 54, from Spruce Grove, Alberta Canada was westbound on Highway 20 near milepost 14. JONSSON had a passenger that is identified as CARA JONSSON, age 54, also from Spruce Grove. BENJAMIN JONSSON came upon a bucket that had blown out from the back of a pickup onto the roadway. BENJAMIN JONSSON was able to successfully swerve and miss the bucket.

A 2003 BMW R1150T motorcycle, operated by FREDERICK HERZOFF, age 61, from Paradise City, California was also westbound traveling some distance behind JONSSON'S motorcycle. FREDERICK HERZOFF had a passenger that is identified as ANNETTE HERZOFF, age 60 also from Paradise, California. FREDERICK HERZOFF also attempted to swerve around the bucket and in doing so crashed into the back of JONSSON'S motorcycle. JONSSON and HERZOFF were not traveling together.

All four riders were transported by ambulance to Saint Charles Hospital in Bend. BENJAMIN and CARA JONSSON sustained minor injuries. FREDERICK HERZOFF sustained serious injuries and ANNETTE HERZOFF critical injuries. All four riders were wearing helmets.

(OSP) troopers are continuing the investigation. The highway was closed in both directions for about one hour while troopers completed their investigation.

(OSP) was assisted at the scene by Bend Fire, Deschutes County Sheriff's Office, and ODOT.

Photograph courtesy of OSP.

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