Police charge man in Lozier hit-and-run

A Medford man has been arrested in the hit-and-run on Lozier Lane that injured three juveniles, including one girl who remains hospitalized in Portland with severe head trauma and a fractured pelvis.

Jackson County sheriff's investigators Tuesday arrested Othon Campos Jr., 42, at his home in the 300 block of West Clark Street.

After investigators contacted him, Campos admitted to the crime, the Jackson County Sheriff's Department said in a news release. Campos was lodged in the Jackson County Jail on charges of injury hit-and-run, a felony, and one count of driving while suspended. He remained in jail on $33,000 bail.

The hit-and-run was reported at 11:16 p.m. Aug. 31 in the 500 block of Lozier Lane.

Campos was driving his pickup north on the road, which is narrow and has no sidewalks, when it ran into a group of five juveniles, striking three. Two teenagers were sent to a local hospital with injuries and an 11-year-old girl was taken to Portland for treatment.

Witnesses gave a description of the pickup, which they believed had a sticker on the back window. The pickup had also taken damage to the front end, as pieces of it were found near the crime scene.

Investigators learned Campos had removed the sticker and repaired the front end to avoid detection by police, sheriff's spokeswoman Andrea Carlson said in a news release.

The youths were having a sleepover when they sneaked out of the house after 11 p.m. on Saturday and planned to take a short walk to a friend's home.

As they walked along Lozier Lane a pickup truck slammed into the group from behind.

The injured 11-year-old girl has faces a lengthy recovery from the injuries she suffered.

"She has a little improvement every day, but she's got a long road ahead of her," said Mark Shatz, the girl's grandfather.

Shatz said the girl will remain hospitalized for another six weeks as she recovers from grueling surgery to repair injuries to her skull, brain and a fractured and displaced pelvis.

"We plan to have a family member stay with her every day while she's in the hospital," Shatz said. "She won't be alone."

Medford city officials are planning a $7.5-million upgrade to that section of the road, making it more pedestrian- and cyclist-friendly.

Reach reporter Chris Conrad at 541-776-4471 or email cconrad@mailtribune.com.

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