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Investigators Looking into Friday Night Fatal Motorcycle Crash in NE Medford

The Jackson County Serious Traffic Accident Reconstruction (STAR) team was investigating a fatal motorcycle crash that occurred in northeast Medford.

Emergency Communications of Southern Oregon received a call reporting a motorcycle crash in the 2700-block of Delta Waters Drive at 10:51 p.m. Friday.

Medford police and medical personnel arrived on scene to find a bystander with medical training performing life-saving measures on an unconscious motorcyclist involved in the crash. The unconscious motorcyclist was unable to be revived and was pronounced deceased. He was identified as 39-year-old Benjamin McFarland.

Members of the STAR team and a MPD detective responded and learned that two motorcycles were involved in the crash, with the other operator alert with minor injuries. That rider has not yet been identified.

MPD Deputy Chief Trevor Arnold said the cause of the fatal crash was still under investigation, but speed was believed to be a factor.

Arnold said MPD would like to thank the witnesses and bystanders who assisted at the scene of the fatal crash. He said they hope this tragic incident reminds everyone of the serious risks associated with speeding.
Posted on 5/20/24 6:16AM by Sam Marsh