Man Dies in Single Vehicle Crash (Photo)
CENTRAL POINT – A Medford man died Sunday evening after crashing his car into a pole. Jackson County Sheriff’s Office deputies believe alcohol use likely contributed to the incident.
On July 14, 2019, at 8:23 p.m., dispatch received a 911 call reporting a single-vehicle crash at the intersection of Table Rock Road and East Gregory Road. The caller reported a gold Ford Escape had crashed into a pole; the driver and sole occupant was unconscious and bleeding.
Bystanders trained in CPR attempted to resuscitate the driver. Deputies and personnel from Fire District 3 and Mercy Flights responded to the scene. The driver, identified as 68-year-old Jud Allen Dikes of Medford, died at the scene.
Deputies determined Dikes had been driving southbound on Table Rock Road when his vehicle veered across the oncoming lanes for unknown reasons. The small SUV struck a traffic signal pole at the southeast corner of the intersection with East Gregory Road. Deputies say Dikes was not wearing a seatbelt.
Deputies found evidence of alcohol use at the scene. Toxicology tests will be completed by the Jackson County Medical Examiner’s Office. Dikes’ family has been notified of his death.