A 71-year-old man from La Pine died May 7 after the vehicle he was driving drifted off a forest road and rolled down a steep embankment.
Frank Corey Fox, the sole occupant of the vehicle, was pronounced dead at the scene, Grant County Sheriff Glenn Palmer said in a press release. The crash evidence was investigated by Deputy Tyler Smith.
According to Palmer, the sheriff’s office received a report around 5:02 p.m. about a motor vehicle crash on Forest Road 2045 on the Malheur National Forest near Camp Creek and the Middle Fork of the John Day River. A passerby who was turkey hunting discovered the vehicle.
Evidence at the scene indicated that the black 1986 Mitsubishi left the single-lane road at a corner and rolled at least six times down a steep embankment and came to rest on the passenger-side door. The driver was not wearing a seat belt and was partially ejected.
Alcohol is not a contributing factor, Palmer said, and evidence at the scene indicated that Fox “may have suffered a medical episode causing the vehicle to leave the road.”