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CP crash victim was 20

A man who died in a single-vehicle crash Sunday night on Scenic Avenue has been identified as Kevin Lee Shiflett, a 20-year-old Central Point resident and Crater High School graduate.

He was pronounced dead at the scene of the crash, which happened about 9 p.m. Sunday in the 2000 block of Scenic Avenue in Central Point. He was the only person in a silver 1989 Honda Prelude that failed to follow an S-curve while traveling west on Scenic Avenue, investigators from the Jackson County Sheriff's Department said Monday. Missing the curve, the car struck a massive oak tree head-on and crumpled.

Neighbors said the sound of the crash reverberated through the area and brought people out to check on the driver, who likely died on impact.

Lisa Pitts, a friend and former neighbor of the Shiflett family, said that Kevin Shiflett was a quiet, fun-loving kid who had grown into a handsome young man who enjoyed working on computers and playing video games.

"He was a good kid," she said, noting that her two sons are just a bit younger than Kevin and the two families had enjoyed boating together.

A Jackson County accident reconstruction team is investigating and will determine the speed Shiflett was traveling, Jackson County Sheriff Mike Winters said. The team includes officers from the sheriff's department, Oregon State Police and Medford police.

The county medical examiner will conduct toxicology tests as part of a routine investigation into a traffic death.

People living near the crash site said Shiflett's friends and family planned to put up a roadside memorial.