Bulletin staff report

An 18-year-old recent graduate of Bend Senior High School was killed when the car he was driving crashed into a tree early Saturday morning, according to Bend Police.

Daniel Bazan, a stand-out athlete from Bend, died at the scene but a passenger, Jason Soto, 19, of Bend, was taken to St. Charles Bend in critical condition, police said.

The accident happened about 3:50 a.m. on NE Ninth Street between NE Emerson and NE Alden avenues. Police say Bazan was driving a 1997 Blue Plymouth Neon north on NE Ninth Street “at a high rate of speed and left the roadway where it struck a tree.”

Bazan, who graduated this year, was a first-team all-league running back for the school’s football team, rushing for more than 1,200 yards last season. He also wrestled and ran track.

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