On May 26, 2017, at approximately 9:00 PM, Oregon State Police Troopers responded to a single vehicle crash on Hwy 27, near milepost 26 in Crook County. Once on scene, they determined it was a fatal crash.
The preliminary investigation determined the operator, 51 year old, Mark Alan HIATT, a Bend resident, was operating a 1994 GMC Sierra pickup southbound on Hwy 27, when for an unknown reason, left the roadway, driving onto the shoulder where the pickup crashed into a dirt bank and came to rest upside down. HIATT died as a result of the injuries sustained in the crash. Alcohol is being considered as a factor.
The Oregon State Police was assisted by Crook County Sheriff's office and the Oregon Department of Transportation.