A mother and her three children injured in a Sunday afternoon car crash outside Central Point caused by a man suspected of driving while intoxicated have been released from the hospital.
The children, 3-, 5- and 6-year-old girls, and their parents were in a two-vehicle crash just after 1 p.m. Sunday in the 10300 block of Blackwell Road in Central Point, according to the Jackson County Sheriff's Office.
The girls' father, who was driving, remains at Asante Rogue Regional Medical Center with serious injuries, according to Sheriff Nathan Sickler. His condition is not known, but he is reportedly stable.
Police would not release the names of the injured family.
The suspect in the crash, 23-year-old Gold Hill resident John Viera Andrade, is at RRMC, Sickler said. Asante officials said Andrade was listed in good condition Tuesday.
A preliminary investigation by the Serious Traffic Accident Reconstruction team showed Andrade was driving south on Blackwell Road in a maroon Nissan Altima when he crossed the center line and struck the family's vehicle, a white Dodge Caravan. The crash caused heavy damage to both vehicles and left "a significant field of debris" at the crash site, according to a sheriff's news release.
Jackson County Fire District 3 and Mercy Flights responded to the scene. Andrade had to be extricated from his vehicle.
Anyone with information about the incident is asked to call Detective Ben Weaver at 541-774-6800. The Jackson County District Attorney’s Office will review the evidence and refer the case to a grand jury, the sheriff's department said.
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