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  • Search on for driver who hit 3 in Medford

  • Jackson County Sheriff's deputies are looking for the driver of a pickup truck who sped away after striking three juveniles on Lozier Lane in Medford late Friday night.
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  • Jackson County Sheriff's deputies are looking for the driver of a pickup truck who sped away after striking three juveniles on Lozier Lane in Medford late Friday night.
    The hit-and-run was reported at 11:16 p.m. in the 500 block of Lozier Lane in west Medford. The pickup was traveling north on the road when it ran into a group of five juveniles.
    Three of the juveniles, ages 11, 15 and 16, were struck by the pickup, said Jackson County sheriff's Sgt. Rick Kennedy.
    That section of Lozier Lane is narrow and there are no sidewalks on either side of the road, Kennedy said.
    "That's why they were walking on the road," Kennedy said. "It's not uncommon for people to walk on the road there."
    Two of the juveniles were taken to the hospital with non-life threatening injuries, Kennedy said.
    Deputies rushed to the area and attempted to locate the suspect's pickup, but were unsuccessful, Kennedy said.
    "There's not a lot to go on here because it was so dark and late at night," Kennedy said. "We have very little witness information."
    Kennedy said there were no skid marks on the road, suggesting the driver did not attempt to slow down as he or she plowed into the group of juveniles.
    "We don't know how fast the person was going," Kennedy said.
    The suspect vehicle is described as a Dodge Dakota-style, smaller-size pickup that is dark in color. It has a sticker decal on the back window, Kennedy said.
    There will be some front-end damage on the pickup's lower right side, Kennedy said.
    Kennedy did not know why the juveniles were walking on the road so late at night, but he said it's common for teens to walk to friends' homes or a store.
    Kennedy said the driver could face serious felony charges.
    "You could have a felony hit-and-run charge for each victim," Kennedy said.
    The driver also could see assault charges, depending on the circumstances leading up to the incident.
    "If we locate a suspect, we will work to find out if he or she had been drinking before the hit and run," Kennedy said.
    Reach reporter Chris Conrad at 541-776-4471 or email cconrad@mailtribune.com.
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