DIAMOND LAKE, Ore. – On Wednesday, December 25, 2019, at 8:11 PM, the Douglas County Sheriff’s Office received information from Jackson County dispatch of an injury crash in the Diamond Lake area near the Jackson/Douglas county line. Resources from Jackson County were dispatched as well as resources from Douglas County. The initial report was that a single vehicle had went over an embankment and the occupants were injured.
The crash was determined to have occurred on Forest Service Road 6530 on the 100 spur. Emergency crews located a 2017 Toyota 4-Runner approximately 150 feet over the embankment into a ravine. Following the crash, a large boulder struck the vehicle.
The driver, 23 year-old Cody Ray Bean of Redmond, was declared deceased at the scene. Passengers 22 year-old Lauren Elizabeth Bean and 24 year-old Kody Dale Gray, both of Central Point and 48 year-old Lisa Ann Preston of Medford, all sustained injuries and were transported to Medford hospitals for treatment.
The crash is still under investigation, but alcohol and speed appear to be contributing factors.
Next of kin has been notified.