Local 3-year-old in intensive care following weekend rollover crash near Jerome Prairie

Family members are trying to raise money for RJ's recovery through a GoFundMe page.

Posted: Feb 10, 2020 5:52 PM
Updated: Feb 11, 2020 2:55 PM

WILDERVILLE, Ore. — We’re learning more about the victims of Saturday morning's rollover crash on Hwy 199 near milepost 6. 3-year-old Ronald James "RJ" was one of the two passengers that had to be extracted from the truck following the crash.

According to a GoFundMe page created by Heather Norris, RJ’s aunt, RJ is now at OHSU Doernbecher Children’s Hospital in the pediatric intensive care unit, recovering from serious injuries.

"They are looking at having to be there for a few days at the least. His parents Jessica and Ron are just taking things day by day," Norris wrote.

The GoFundMe for RJ is hoping to raise money for medical bills and living expenses while they spend time with RJ and walk through his recovery process.

"With this medical stay RJ's parents will be out of work, and with that being said we all know how fast bills and other expenses can pile up on people," Norris wrote. "They also have a baby who they have to leave with the babysitter and still make sure his needs are met. The list goes on and on."

Norris told NewsWatch 12 that doctors are waiting for some of RJ's swelling to go down so that they can check on the condition of his eyes, which remain swollen shut.

Oregon State Police is still investigating the circumstances surrounding the crash. Norris told NewsWatch 12 that RJ's grandfather, the driver of the vehicle, took responsibility.

"He fell asleep," Norris said. "He fell asleep at the wheel and whenever he woke up it was too late. He's having a very hard time dealing with — that's his baby. He's a Papa's boy."

Norris stressed that RJ's grandfather is not a bad person, and never would have done anything to intentionally put the child in harm's way.

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