A Medford man was sentenced to 8½ years in prison Wednesday after admitting he drove drunk and caused a wreck that severely injured two people on a motorcycle.
Jose Guadalupe Medina-Galan, 21, was sentenced in Jackson County Circuit Court for causing an August wreck between Medford and White City that broke a man's femur and cost a woman a portion of her leg and her entire left arm.
Medina-Galan pleaded guilty to second-degree assault, impaired-driving and resisting arrest.
The motorcycle riders, Zachary James Toll, 28, and Chelsea Quinn Gamble, 27, both of Klamath Falls, appeared in court Wednesday, and Gamble made a statement, saying she hoped "Medina-Galan would learn to value life more" and come out of prison "stronger and not bitter," according to a news release from the Jackson County District Attorney's Office.
Medina-Galan apologized to them, but only after Circuit Judge David Hoppe prompted him, according to the release. During his apology, Medina-Galan was unable to look at either person injured in the crash.
At 6:07 p.m. Aug. 20, Medina-Galan was headed south on North Foothill Road near the East Vilas intersection in his 1996 Chevrolet pickup when he crossed the center line and slid sideways into the path of the northbound motorcycle. Toll was driving the bike and Gamble was seated behind him.
Due to the severity of her injuries, Gamble was airlifted to Oregon Health & Science University in Portland, where her left leg was amputated at the knee and her left arm was amputated at the shoulder. Toll was rushed to Asante Rogue Regional Medical Center in Medford and treated for a broken femur that required the installation of a metal rod in his leg.
Medina-Galan was not injured in the crash. He reportedly stopped momentarily near the crash to let two passengers out of the truck, then drove another half-mile until the damaged truck stalled, according to police.
When Jackson County sheriff's deputies arrested Medina-Galan, he was combative, police said. Ninety minutes after the crash, his blood-alcohol level was at 0.12, above the .08 legal limit.