Pedestrian struck on South Pacific Highway seriously injured

A man pinned beneath a car after being struck on South Pacific Highway early today had to be extricated and was taken to the hospital with serious injuries, Medford police reported.

The incident occurred at 5:52 a.m. near the highway's intersection with South Stage Road. Police said 63-year-old Craig John Gilmore, a transient, was walking in the right hand southbound traffic lane when a 1998 Toyota Avalon hit him at about 40 mph. Police said Gilmore flew up onto the windshield, fell off and was pinned beneath the vehicle, police said.

Medford Fire-Rescue crews responded to extricate him before he was taken to Asante Rogue Regional Medical Center. Medford police Lt. Mike Budreau said Gilmore was conscious and alert as he was extricated.

"He has very serious injuries," said Budreau, adding Gilmore might be taken to a hospital in Eugene for further treatment.

Officials said the driver, 31-year-old Jeramie Johnson, was not at fault. He was driving the speed limit. Police also added Gilmore was wearing dark clothing that made him harder to see in the early-morning hours. Additionally, police said the stretch of road is dangerous for walkers and bikers.

"The officer on scene said this particular section didn't have enough of a shoulder or sidewalk for a pedestrian to be walking on it," Budreau said.

The case remains under investigation.

— Ryan Pfeil

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