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Boy still critical after crash that killed brother

Ashland High School senior Maxwell Gordon remained in critical condition this morning after a three-car crash near Eagle Point Wednesday that killed his older brother.

Gordon, 17, was an all-conference defensive back on the Grizzlies football team and played on a state championship American Legion baseball team last year.

Several football players and parents visited Gordon at Rogue Valley Medical Center Wednesday night, said head football coach Charlie Hall.

"We're all thinking if there's anybody that can pull through this one, it's Max, because he's a pretty tough kid," Hall said. "He has such a big heart. He's a great competitor and there's no challenge that's too big for Max."

Nicholas Gordon, 20, was pronounced dead at the scene after he attempted to pass another car two miles east of Eagle Point near the Willamette Egg Farm, Oregon State Police officials said.

Gordon was driving westbound when his 1998 Subaru Impreza entered the opposite lane to pass another car. A 2005 Toyota Highlander, driven by 77-year-old Erik Larsen of Shady Cove, was coming from the opposite direction and Gordon attempted to swerve back into his lane to avoid a collision. The vehicle began to fishtail and merged back into the lane of oncoming traffic where it was struck broadside by the Toyota.

Larsen and his wife, Susan Larsen, 69, were both transported to RVMC with non-life threatening injuries, according to Oregon State Police.

In addition, Eagle Point residents Walter Orange, 57, and Michelle Orange, 64, were not injured after their 2002 Hyundai sport utility vehicle struck the rear of the Toyota shortly after the crash.

OSP troopers closed a large section of the highway for nearly three hours while investigating the crash. Both lanes were opened at 9:40 p.m.

— Ashland Daily Tidings