A 59-year-old Redmond man was killed Sunday on a forest road west of Sisters when his Jeep crashed into a tree.
According to the Deschutes County Sheriff’s Office, deputies and an officer with the forest service responded to a crash on Forest Service Road 1018 near Highway 242 around 5:19 p.m. The caller reported driving upon a Jeep that had crashed head-first into a tree.
Ross Bedore, the only occupant in the Jeep, was unresponsive in the driver’s seat, according Lt. Mike Biondi. The reporting party’s family member pulled Bedore from the Jeep. The deputy and forest service officer arrived within a minute and began CPR.
Sisters Fire Department paramedics arrived about 10 minutes later and took over life-saving efforts. Bedore was transported to the Sisters Fire Department where he was pronounced dead, Biondi said.
Investigating deputies determined Bedore was headed north on the 1810 road. For unknown reasons, his Jeep left the gravel/dirt road, striking the tree. Bedore had been wearing his seatbelt at the time of the crash, but speed is believed to be a factor in this crash, Biondi said.