Douglas County Sheriff's Office


 Justice Building • Roseburg, Oregon 97470 • (541) 440-4450

John Hanlin


Date/Time of Release:  08/10/2012 - 10:00
Contact Person:  Dwes Hutson  
Contact Number:  541-440-4464  
Subject:  Fatal ATV Crash  
Date/Time of Incident:  08/09/2012 - 19:40
Incident Location:  ODNRA Winchester Bay, Oregon  
Case Number:  12-3462  
Driver Veh #1/Deceased:  16 year old male
Driver Veh #2:  Cowen, Christopher / 45 yoa / Springfield OR
Passenger Veh #2:  Cowen, Amy / 22 yoa / Springfield OR

Vehicle #1 - KTM motorcycle
Vehicle #2 - Polaris XP RZR side by side ATV

On August 9th, 2012, at 1940 hours, deputies responded to an ATV crash that occurred on the Oregon Dunes National Recreation Area (ODNRA) in Winchester Bay.

A 16 year old male crashed his KTM motorcycle into a Polaris RZR side by side ATV operated by Christopher Cowen. The 16 year old male received extensive injuries and was pronounced dead at the scene. Amy Cowen, a passenger on the ATV, was treated at Lower Umpqua Hospital for unknown injuries.

The crash occurred when the motorcycle was jumping over a dune and collided with the ATV which was climbing up the other side. The motorcycle rider was wearing a helmet.

Further information on the 16 year old male is not being released until next of kin can be notified.

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