Man struck, killed on I-5 on-ramp
A 46-year-old man died Friday night after he was struck by a car while crossing the Interstate 5 northbound on-ramp at Barnett Road in Medford.
Tommy G. Bond, a Medford-area transient, was pronounced dead at the scene, Medford police Lt. Tim Doney said.
"It was dark out there when it happened and traffic was pretty heavy in the area," Doney added.
The accident occurred just after 5:30 p.m. when a 2003 Honda Civic driven by 76-year-old Darold J. Osterloh was exiting Barnett Road onto the on-ramp when his car struck Bond, Doney said.
Osterloh, of Rogue River, was not injured. He was not cited and was released after speaking to police, Doney said.
Traffic officers and detectives from Medford police are continuing their investigation.
"There is a sweeping right turn at this spot that generally makes it hard to see anyone crossing the road," Doney said.
Doney suggests avoiding crossing the on-ramp at any time, even in daylight hours.
"Even though we are not 100 percent sure what happened Friday night, trying to make a mad dash across the road in that area can result in sad circumstances such as this," Doney said.
Traffic was rerouted in the area while crash investigation teams worked the scene. Medford police were assisted by Oregon State Police troopers, Oregon Department of Transportation workers, Mercy Flights ambulance crews and the Medford Fire Department.