Man jailed following Sunday crash that injured seven
A man is in Jackson County Jail after he allegedly crashed an SUV on Anderson Creek Road early Sunday while drunk, resulting in injuries to seven passengers.
Brandon Arthur Roderick, 30, was arraigned Monday in Jackson County Circuit Court on two counts of second-degree assault, six counts of third-degree assault, failure to perform the duties of a driver to injured persons, DUII and driving while suspended. His bail was set at $250,000.
On its Facebook page, the Jackson County Sheriff's Department reported that deputies and medical personnel responded to a motor vehicle crash near the intersection of Anderson Creek Road and Anderson Butte Road, west of Phoenix, at 5:41 a.m. Sunday.
An investigation revealed Roderick had been driving down Anderson Creek Road in a Chevrolet Trailblazer with seven occupants — some of whom were minors — when Roderick lost control of the vehicle. The packed vehicle was leaving the site of a party.
The SUV flew off the road and traveled "through trees approximately 100 feet down a steep grade," according to a police affidavit. The crash ejected two passengers, and Roderick allegedly fled on foot, telling some of the passengers, "I need to get out of here," police said.
The seven passengers included two 18-year-olds, two 17-year-olds, a 14-year-old, a 15-year-old and a 34-year-old who reportedly owned the vehicle and is the mother of two of the passengers. The passengers suffered a variety of injuries, including some broken bones and lacerations, all requiring medical treatment, the affidavit said. One of the 18-year-old occupants was flown to Asante Rogue Regional Medical Center by helicopter for surgery.
Ashland Fire & Rescue, Oregon Department of Forestry and Mercy Flights also responded to the scene.
Roderick was arrested after police found him hiding at the accident scene. He has no previous felony criminal history in Oregon, according to court records.