Bulletin Staff Report

An April 19 crash on the Bend Parkway that left a 10-year-old boy with severe injuries was caused by a driver having a seizure, according to Deschutes County District Attorney John Hummel.

The crash happened when the driver of a 2007 Chevrolet Silverado heading north on the Parkway crossed the median near the Colorado Avenue on-ramp and hit a 2004 Subaru Impreza that was traveling south head-on. According to a release from Hummel’s office Monday, a seizure is what caused the Silverado truck to cross the Parkway. No charges will be filed against the driver.

The boy, Avryn Hayes, was airlifted to a Portland trauma center after the crash. He suffered a broken leg, a broken back and a fractured skull.

Hummel credited Bend Police Officer Eric Russell with saving the boy’s life when he applied a tourniquet above the femoral artery at the scene.

Avryn Hayes was later the subject of an outpouring of community support.

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