Date/Time of Release: 08/10/2012 - 10:00
Contact Person: Dwes Hutson
Contact Number: 541-440-4464
Subject: Fatal ATV Crash
Date/Time of Incident: 08/09/2012 - 19:40
Incident Location: ODNRA Winchester Bay, Oregon
Case Number: 12-3462
Driver Veh #1/Deceased: 16 year old male
Driver Veh #2: Cowen, Christopher / 45 yoa / Springfield OR
Passenger Veh #2: Cowen, Amy / 22 yoa / Springfield OR
Vehicle #1 - KTM motorcycle
Vehicle #2 - Polaris XP RZR side by side ATV
On August 9th, 2012, at 1940 hours, deputies responded to an ATV crash that occurred on the Oregon Dunes National Recreation Area (ODNRA) in Winchester Bay.
A 16 year old male crashed his KTM motorcycle into a Polaris RZR side by side ATV operated by Christopher Cowen. The 16 year old male received extensive injuries and was pronounced dead at the scene. Amy Cowen, a passenger on the ATV, was treated at Lower Umpqua Hospital for unknown injuries.
The crash occurred when the motorcycle was jumping over a dune and collided with the ATV which was climbing up the other side. The motorcycle rider was wearing a helmet.
Further information on the 16 year old male is not being released until next of kin can be notified.