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Police say crash involved drinking, racing

Medford police are investigating the possibility that a fiery, single-car collision in a quiet neighborhood early Sunday morning was part of a drunken race.

According to police reports, Medford resident Matthew J. Guider, 18, of the 2600 block of Samoan Way, was tearing south along Hawaiian Avenue at — a.m. when the accident took place.

Medford police Lt. Mike Moran said Guider's 1975 red Corvette reportedly left the road and ripped through two front yards on the west side of the street.

Moran said the vehicle apparently struck a 2001 Chevy Suburban at a third residence, causing an extensive amount of damage.

The force of the collision slammed the Suburban into a travel trailer, Moran added. The travel trailer then smashed into a boat parked nearby.

Guider's vehicle rolled to a stop, landing on its roof in the victim's driveway. Moran said the engine then burst into flames.

There was apparently some pieces of car on the roof (of the residence), Moran added. A portion of some of the debris stuck into the side of the travel trailer.

Two people were sleeping inside the travel trailer when the collision took place. Although pieces of the Corvette pierced the travel trailer like projectiles, the trailer's occupants weren't injured.

Guider was reportedly ejected from the vehicle. The passenger, Spencer Allen Holbrook, 22, of the 300 block of West Pine Street in Central Point, was trapped inside the burning car.

Medford police were able to knock back the flames until crews from the Medford Fire Department arrived. The two agencies worked to remove Holbrook from the car. Both men were transferred to Rogue Valley Medical Center.

Guider was in stable condition at RVMC, a hospital spokeswoman reported Tuesday night, while Holbrook remains in serious condition.

Hospital officials cannot comment on Holbrook's injuries. It's also unclear whether either man was wearing a seat belt.

Police haven't totaled the damage estimate, and no charges have been filed.

However, Moran said police suspect Guider was drunk at the time and possibly racing. Medford's serious-injury accident team is still looking into the accident.

We're investigating why he was driving at such a high rate of speed, Moran said. A person was injured in what appeared to be a driving under the influence incident and reckless driving.

Moran said the case will be forwarded to the Jackson County District Attorney's Office when the investigation is complete. Guider could face charges of driving under the influence of intoxicants, reckless driving and assault.

Reach reporter Jill Briskey at 776-4485, or e-mail