Name of driver killed in motorcycle crash released

A Central Point man died in a motorcycle accident Tuesday night after crashing his bike into a power pole on Hanley Road, police said.

Scott David Nuckles, 54, was eastbound in the 1000 block of Hanley Road at 6:39 p.m., when he failed to negotiate a left curve, drove off the road and hit a power pole head-on. Nuckles was pronounced dead at the scene. He was wearing a helmet. Oregon State Police said the crash is still under investigation, but that excessive speed is being considered as a possible cause, according to a news release.

Responding agencies included Oregon State Police, the Jackson County Sheriff's Department, Medford and Central Point police, Jackson County Fire District No. 3 and the Oregon Department of Transportation. The road was closed for two hours, with traffic detoured around the scene.

— Ryan Pfeil

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