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Bend Man dies in Crash


KBND story:  The Deschutes County Sheriff's office says A 69-year-old Bend man has died of injuries suffered Sunday afternoon when his dirt bike struck a downed tree near La Pine.  Ernest Gerloff died yesterday/Tuesday at St. Charles in Bend of injuries suffered in the crash.

 

He was riding on a forest road sunday afternoon and was thrown from his bike after he hit a tree in the road.  Several friends found Gerloff and began life-saving efforts, and he was taken by air ambulance to the hospital.  Gerloff was wearing a helmet and other protective gear.

 

3-26-14

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News Release from Sheriff's Office:

Motorcycle Crash sends one to the hospital with critical injuries

 

FS 9725 between the 700 and 400 spur Roads, La Pine, Or.

 

Date and Time of Incident:  03/23/2014 at 4:31 p.m.

 

 

By:  Sergeant Don Manning

 

Driver: Gerloff, Ernest age: 69

                     Bend, Or.

 

                   

Vehicle: Husqvarna, dirt bike, blue and white in color.

 

 

            **********UPDATE 3/26/2014*********

 

 

              On 3/25/2014 Gerloff passed away due to the injuries he received from the crash.

 

 

 

 

 

         

On 03/23/14 at approximately 4:31 p.m., Deschutes County Sheriff’s Office Deputies, assisted by Forrest Service Law Enforcement Officers, Bureau of Land Management Ranger, La Pine and Sunriver Fire Departments were dispatched to the area of Forrest Service Road 9725 between spur Roads 400 and 700 for a dirt bike crash with injuries.  Ernest Gerloff was transported by Air Link to St. Charles-Bend with critical injuries. 

 

The initial investigation determined Gerloff was riding dirt bikes in the listed area with several friends. For an unknown reason Gerloff struck a downed tree, crashed and was ejected from his dirt bike on Forrest Service Road 9725. Several friends located Gerloff and started life saving efforts. The friends were later assisted by Bureau of Land Management Ranger and Forrest Service Law Enforcement Officers. La Pine Fire Department arrived and took over life saving efforts. Gerloff was then transported to Saint Charles Medical Center where he is being treated for critical injuries. Gerloff was wearing a helmet and other protective equipment.

 

Witnesses to this crash are encouraged to contact the Sheriff’s Office at 541-693-6911.  The investigation is continuing.

 

 

The Deschutes County Sheriff’s Office was assisted in this investigation by Forrest Service Law Enforcement Officers, Bureau of Land Management Ranger, La Pine and Sunriver Fire and Air Link.

 

 

 

 


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