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Deputies Investigate Two Fatal Crashes Saturday (Photo)
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Deputies Investigate Two Fatal Crashes Saturday (Photo)

JACKSON COUNTY, Ore. – Two Jackson County men died in separate crashes not far from their homes Saturday.  A Talent man died Saturday morning in a single-vehicle crash on Adams Road.  A Medford man died Saturday night in a single-vehicle crash on West Griffin Creek Road.

On December 8, 2018, at 9:17 a.m., a passer-by reported finding a vehicle crashed near the intersection of Adams Road and Beeson Lane (Case #18-25595).  Jackson County Sheriff’s Office deputies say the vehicle, a silver BMW SUV, had apparently failed to negotiate a curve at the intersection, left the roadway, and overturned on an embankment.  The roadway was wet at the time of the investigation, however deputies do not know if weather or roadway factors contributed to the crash.

The driver, Jacob Daniel Hayes, 38, of the 7300-block of Adams Road, died at the scene.  There were no other occupants.  Deputies were assisted by personnel from Fire District #5, Talent Police, and Phoenix Police. 

On the same date at 11:54 p.m., JCSO deputies responded to a single-vehicle crash in the 3500-block of West Griffin Creek Road (Case #18-25635).  Deputies say the westbound vehicle, a 2004 Chevy Silverado, crossed the oncoming lane, left the roadway, and rolled after it struck an embankment.  Deputies noted the roadway was icy in the area.

The driver, Scott Charles White, 33, of the 5400-block of West Griffin Creek Road, died at the scene.  There were no other occupants.  Personnel from Medford Fire responded to the scene to complete extrication.

In each case, an investigator from the Jackson County Medical Examiner’s Office responded to investigate the cause and manner of death.  Toxicology analysis, a routine procedure in fatal motor vehicle crashes, will be conducted to determine whether intoxicants contributed to the incidents.  Notifications have been made to the next-of-kin in both cases.


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