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Sisters teens killed in dirt bike crash

The Sisters Community is in mourning this week, grieving the loss of two teens who died in a dirt bike accident. on Wednesday, June 19.

Their names are currently being withheld as the families request privacy.

The Deschutes County Sheriff’s Office reports that deputies were dispatched to a report of a dirt bike crash on U.S. Forest Service Road 1028, south of Skylight Cave off Highway 242. Four juveniles were riding in pairs on two dirt bikes on U.S. Forest Service Road 1028. Two of the juveniles did not arrive at their destination. Two of the riders checked the area and located the other two juveniles — a 14-year-old boy and a 14-year-old girl — who had crashed their dirt bike and were seriously injured.

The juveniles on scene began life-saving efforts and contacted 911. A passerby assisted the juveniles until deputies arrived and took over life-saving measures. Paramedics arrived a short time after the deputies, continuing life saving measures. Both juveniles were wearing helmets at the time of the crash; speed and variable terrain appear to be factors in the crash, DCSO reports. Both youths were pronounced dead at the scene.

Deschutes County Sheriff’s Office detectives responded to the scene, assisted by the Oregon State Police, who conducted a crash reconstruction. A medical examiner also responded to the scene to assist with the investigation.

The Deschutes County Sheriff’s Office was assisted at the scene by the Oregon State Police, Black Butte Ranch Police, and Sisters-Camp Sherman Fire District.

In a message to parents, Sisters High School Principal Steve Stancliff expressed the grief of the school community:

“As a school community our hearts are broken as we mourn their passing, and our thoughts, prayers, and condolences are with their families and loved ones,” he wrote. “Both of them were beloved by staff and their fellow students, and their loss is felt deeply across our entire school community.”

The school district provided resources to support those who were grieving the loss.

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