MISSION - A 15-year-old girl died Saturday night when she was thrown from a vehicle that rolled several times on a rocky road east of Mission on the Confederated Tribes of the Umatilla Indian Reservation.
Priscilla Craig was pronounced dead at the scene of the accident, which occurred around 10 p.m. She, along with three others, were ejected from the 1994 Jeep Cherokee, which was traveling at a high rate of speed when it rolled several times at the bottom of the steep, unimproved road, according to a news release from CTUIR.
Kasandra Hall, 19 of Pendleton, was the only adult in the vehicle. The other two were juveniles, one male and one female. The three were treated and released from Pendleton's St. Anthony Hospital.
Tribal Police, the FBI and the Oregon State Police accident reconstruction team took part in the weekend investigation. Tribal officials said the investigation determined the four young people may have been consuming alcohol within the vicinity of the accident, making alcohol a possible contributing factor in the incident.
Tribal Police Chief Ron Harnden said the driver will likely face tribal and federal charges of manslaughter or criminal negligent homicide. Sgt. Mark Yoshihara, of the CTUIR Police Department, said the investigation is ongoing and additional details, including the name of the driver, cannot be released at this time.
Craig, the daughter of Beverly Craig, was a freshman at Nixyaawii Community School and a member of the school's basketball team. She was an enrolled member of the Confederated Tribes of the Umatilla Indian Reservation.
Members of a Umatilla County Crisis Team, Yellowhawk Behavioral Health program and CTUIR Department of Children and Family Services were expected to meet with students and staff from Nixyaawii Community School today. There was no school Monday because of teacher in-service training. A special meeting of the Nixyaawii School staff and students was held this morning at the Tribal Longhouse.