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Children injured in collision

A Grants Pass teenager remained in a Portland hospital Monday, two days after he and three friends were injured in a car driven by an alleged drunken driver involved in a two-car crash near Gold Hill, authorities said.

Dustin Farley, 13, was airlifted Sunday to Portland Shriners Hospital with injuries he suffered in the 11 p.m. Saturday crash on Gold Ray Road off Tolo Road, authorities said.

Hospital officials declined to specify Farley's condition Monday, citing patient privacy rules.

Farley was one of four Grants Pass residents ages 7 to 14 in a car driven by Todd Richard Chaves that collided head-on with a sedan driven by Jessica Trimmer, 33, of rural Applegate, according to the Jackson County Sheriff's Department.

Trimmer told police that she had just pulled her 1994 Honda sedan out of a residential driveway shortly before 11 p.m. and was heading south on Gold Ray Road when she crested a steep rise at 25-30 mph, sheriff's Captain Joe Puckett said.

— There, her car collided head-on in the middle of the narrow roadway with Chaves' northbound car, Puckett said. Chaves told deputies he thought he was traveling 55-60 mph, Puckett said.

It definitely was a mess of broken legs, neck and head injuries, Puckett said.

Chaves told investigators he had consumed some beer at the races, but was not specific, Puckett said.

Chaves told police the kids were all the children of some friends and that he was driving them home from the races when the crash occurred, Puckett said.

Chaves was not arrested because he was taken to Rogue Valley Medical Center, where he was listed Monday in good condition, authorities said. However, police cited him on three counts of fourth-degree assault, two counts of second-degree assault, reckless driving and reckless endangering, Puckett said.

Trimmer also was taken to RVMC, where she was listed Monday evening in good condition, a hospital nursing supervisor said.

In addition to Farley, the children injured in the crash were Grants Pass residents Michael Williams, 14, Devon Williams, 7, and Brendan Davault, 7, according to sheriff's deputies.

They were all taken to RVMC and treated for injuries before being discharged Monday, the RVMC supervisor said.

Further information about the case was not available Monday night.

Reach reporter Mark Freeman at 776-4470, or e-mail