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  • Medford man arrested after race on Riverside injures two

  • A Pontiac Firebird that was reportedly racing with a Mustang on Riverside Avenue at around 5:20 p.m. Tuesday spun out of control and hit another car, injuring a man and woman, before crashing into a parked car, Medford police said.
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  • A Pontiac Firebird that was reportedly racing with a Mustang on Riverside Avenue at around 5:20 p.m. Tuesday spun out of control and hit another car, injuring a man and woman, before crashing into a parked car, Medford police said.
    Officers responding to the crash at North Riverside Avenue and Austin Street found a 36-year-old woman and a 36-year-old man in a green Volkswagen Jetta had been injured when they were hit from behind. They were taken by ambulance to Providence Medford Medical Center, where they were treated for non-life-threatening injuries, police said.
    The driver of the Firebird, Richard Moore Smith III, 31, was arrested on two counts of third-degree assault and recklessly endangering another, as well as a charge of reckless driving. He was cited on charges of speed racing and driving with a suspended license.
    Witnesses told investigators that Smith was driving the black 1997 Pontiac Firebird at around 90 mph, apparently racing a Mustang, when he lost control. The Pontiac spun, hitting the Jetta, which also was driving north on Riverside, but wasn't involved in the race, police said.
    The collision caused both cars to go out of control and strike an unoccupied, parked car in the parking lot of Kids Unlimited, police said.
    Medford police Lt. Mike Budreau said the man in the Jetta injured his back and right side and broke a rib, while the woman was injured on her back, ankle, hip, arm and face.
    "The crash caused extensive damage to the Jetta, which was traveling at a normal rate of speed down Riverside" Budreau said. "That just shows how fast the suspect was going."
    Smith was lodged in Jackson County Jail, where he remains today on $61,000 bail.
    According to Budreau, the Mustang's driver could face charges of speed racing if identified.
    — Mandy Valencia
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