Eagle Point DUII Crash Injures Two Children, One Seriously: Improper Child Restraints Led to the Injury

EAGLE POINT DUII CRASH INJURES TWO CHILDREN, ONE IN SERIOUS CONDITION; INVESTIGATION REVEALS LACK OF PROPER CHILD RESTRAINTS LED TO INJURY

News Release from Jackson Co. Sheriff’s Office
December 20th, 2023

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EAGLE POINT, Ore. – A child is in serious condition at a local hospital after a single-vehicle DUII crash last night outside Eagle Point. The suspect, Amanda Lynn Padilla, 36, of Eagle Point was arrested on scene and is charged with second-degree assault, fourth-degree assault, driving under the influence of intoxicants (DUII) – alcohol, reckless driving, and reckless endangering. She is lodged in the Jackson County Jail.

At 10:23 p.m. last night, ECSO Dispatch received a call for a motor vehicle crash near the intersection of Rogue River Drive and Buckingham Circle in rural Eagle Point. Jackson County Sheriff’s Office (JCSO) deputies, Fire District 3, and Mercy Flights responded to find a single-vehicle crash with two injured children ages 5 and 2. A Mercy Flights helicopter flew the 5-year-old with serious injuries to a local hospital where they are in serious condition. An ambulance transported the 2-year-old with lesser injuries to a local hospital. Padilla showed signs of impairment and JCSO deputies arrested her on scene.

The Jackson County Serious Traffic Accident Reconstruction (STAR) Team responded to the scene along with the Jackson County District Attorney’s office to investigate further. Initial investigations revealed lack of proper child restraints was a major contributing factor to the injuries sustained by the children. STAR is a joint interagency team that investigates serious and fatal crashes in Jackson County. The team consists of investigators from JCSO and Medford Police Department. This case is under further investigation and there is no more information available for release.