Two men hit by car on Columbus Avenue still hospitalized

Two men remain in the hospital with life-threatening injuries after being struck by an allegedly intoxicated driver as they crossed a west Medford street Saturday night, police reported.

Juan Lopez-Florez, 29, and Rogelio Avalos, 33, were both transported to Rogue Regional Medical Center. Authorities said they had sustained "significant" injuries.

"They were extensive," said Medford police Detective Sgt. Brent Mak. "We're talking broken limbs."

Rogue Regional officials said the two men were listed in serious condition today.

Benjamin Grant Thurman, 32, of the 700 block of West Second Street in Medford, is held in the Jackson County Jail on two charges of third-degree assault, along with additional charges of driving under the influence and reckless driving. He remained in jail today on $57,000 bail.

Police said Thurman was driving north on Columbus Avenue near the Prune Street intersection after 8 p.m. Saturday when he struck Lopez-Florez and Avalos, who were trying to cross Columbus at a marked crosswalk. Thurman remained on scene while Medford police, Medford Fire-Rescue and Mercy Flights responded.

Police took Thurman to their department where they conducted field sobriety tests, authorities said. He was found to be intoxicated and booked in the jail. The case remains under investigation.

— Ryan Pfeil


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