Pedestrian critically injured
A 31-year-old Talent man remains in critical condition after he was struck by a sport-utility vehicle while crossing South Pacific Highway on Wednesday.
Witnesses reported seeing Jason Leon McClanahan running across the highway at the intersection of Garfield Street moments before he was struck by a BMW heading southbound, Medford police Lt. Bob Hansen said.
"We do not know for sure what the street light situation was at the time of the crash," Hansen said. "We don't know if the car had a green light or if it was red.
"Fortunately, a lot of people who witnessed the crash stuck around and are speaking with us."
McClanahan had what appeared to be life-threatening injuries, police said.
The driver of the 2007 BMW X5 was identified as 34-year-old Robert A. Montgomery of Danville, Calif. He was not injured in the collision.
Montogomery was pulled aside and was speaking with crash scene investigators shortly after the accident.
The hood of the BMW was heavily dented and it appeared McClanahan was thrown onto the car and pitched forward several feet. Pieces of the BMW's front end littered the intersection.
Hansen said there have been no charges pressed against Montgomery, but the investigation is continuing.
"There could be charges at some point," he said.
The crash happened just before 5 p.m. which is a busy time at that intersection, Hansen said.
"People are just getting off work and can be in a hurry to get home," he said. "But you still have to be aware of your surroundings and keep an eye out for pedestrians."
The crash shut a large section of South Pacific Highway's southbound lanes down for two hours. Medford police closed the area at Stewart Avenue and directed it around the crash scene, which caused traffic snarls in the area.
Some drivers seemed to ignore police tape and traffic cones in the immediate area and drove through the crime scene.
Medford officers stopped several drivers for rolling through the scene, admonishing them to pay more attention while driving in an area where a crash had occurred.
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