Accident takes four to hospital
Four people were injured in a crash late Saturday night, with two remaining in hospitals this morning, the Douglas County Sheriff’s Office said today.
James Crawford, 22, of Drain, was driving a 2000 Toyota Corolla west on Upper Smith River Road near Milepost 9 at about 10:30 p.m. Saturday when he lost control of the car, deputies said. The car came to a rest against a large tree and rocks.
Crawford was later arrested on suspicion of driving under the influence of intoxicants and other violations.
Troy Jackson Ellis, 24, and Aleena Oliveria, 14, also both of Drain, were taken with Crawford to Sacred Heart Medical Center at RiverBend in Springfield. Drew Swearingen, 16, of Eugene, was airlifted to Sacred Heart and transferred to Oregon Health & Sciences University, where a spokesman said he was in serious condition this morning.
A Sacred Heart spokeswoman said Oliveria was in serious condition today and that Ellis was no longer a patient there.
Crawford was arrested at Sacred Heart on suspicion of three counts of recklessly endangering another, two counts of second-degree assault and unlawful possession of less than one ounce of marijuana, in addition to driving under the influence of intoxicants.
He was taken to Douglas County Jail, where he was held today in lieu of $528,750.