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Driver in fatal Sunriver crash charged with manslaughter

Brian Jay Harris died when his truck was rear-ended and struck a tree

The driver involved in a fatal crash in December on U.S. Highway 97 near Sunriver that killed a Bend man is facing multiple criminal charges.

Shannon Ray Rogers, 55, of Goldendale, Washington, was indicted in March on charges of first-degree manslaughter, driving under the influence of intoxicants, reckless driving, second-degree criminal mischief and nine counts of recklessly endangering another person.

Roger’s indictment occurred after a lengthy Oregon State Police investigation. Troopers arrested Rogers in Goldendale last week, and he was booked this week in Deschutes County jail.

He is free after posting $30,000 of his $300,000 bail.

The fatal crash occurred about 10:15 a.m. Dec. 6. Rogers was traveling from Fresno, California, in his 2006 Nissan Quest minivan when he rear-ended a white 1991 Toyota pickup, driven by Brian Jay Harris, 56, of Bend, according to the state police. Harris died at the scene.

Harris was heading north on Highway 97 when his pickup was struck from behind, sending him off the road and into a tree, according to the state police.

Rogers veered off the road and also slammed into a tree. He was injured and transported to St. Charles Bend.

According to court records, state police believe Rogers was under the influence of intoxicants and speeding when he rear-ended the pickup.

A blood sample taken at the hospital showed Rogers’ blood alcohol content was 0.22 percent, more than double the legal limit, court records show.

A search of Rogers’ minivan found a bottle of Smirnoff vodka in a brown paper bag, a “Top Shelf” marijuana tube with residue, a pink vape pen with a charger and a silver marijuana pipe with marijuana. The search found paper receipts and a black cell phone with black “Otter Box” case.

An Oregon State Police trooper on the scene noted “Rogers’ face appeared flushed, and his eyes appeared glassy and watery,” according to court records.

Another trooper visited Rogers at St. Charles Bend after the crash and said Rogers “smelled of an alcoholic beverage as he was being treated by hospital staff,” court records show.

A woman who witnessed the crash while traveling north on Highway 97 told investigators Rogers was driving at about 90 mph and passed her so fast, it scared her, according to court records.

The woman said she had to drive off the shoulder of the road so the minivan would not crash into her. She described the minivan as “all over the road,” and swerving as it passed her.

An initial hearing for Rogers in Deschutes County Circuit Court has not been scheduled.

 

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