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Two killed in separate roadway incidents

Two men died in separate incidents when they were hit by vehicles on Jackson County roads about an hour apart Thursday night.

The first death occurred in the 4500 block of Humbug Creek Road, west of Jacksonville, according to a Jackson County Sheriff's Office news release. At about 9:46 p.m., 911 dispatch received a call about a disturbance at that location. While en route, responding deputies received additional information that one of the involved parties had been run over by a truck.

Applegate resident Justin Gresch, 32, was pronounced dead at the scene. A preliminary investigation indicates the incident followed an altercation in the area, Sheriff Nathan Sickler said. Gresch reportedly left the scene of the original altercation, followed by two other people who were in a truck.

As they left the area, they saw Gresch, who tried to jump on the vehicle and force his way inside, Sickler said. Gresch fell during his attempt and was run over when he fell. 

"That's kind of what we believe based on the initial investigation," Sickler said.

Police said all parties remained on scene and are cooperating with investigators. Officials declined to release additional details.

The second pedestrian died after being hit by a truck on Crater Lake Avenue near the Jackson County Sheriff's Office, north of East Vilas Road.

The crash occurred at about 10:45 p.m. in the 5300 block of the busy two-lane road that runs parallel to Highway 62, according to Medford police.

Medford police responded after receiving a report that a pedestrian had been struck and found the man dead when they arrived. The driver of the vehicle, a 1997 Chevrolet C-150, remained on scene and was cooperative with investigators, police said.

The identities of those involved in the Crater Lake Avenue incident had not been released Friday afternoon.

The Serious Accident Reconstruction Team responded to investigate the crash. Crater Lake Avenue was closed between Vilas and Corey roads during the investigation, according to Medford police Lt. Kerry Curtis. 

Police say the man was in the roadway at the time of the crash, but they don't yet know why.

"We're really not sure," Curtis said. "We're still trying to determine what the position of the pedestrian was in the roadway."

Anyone with information about the incident is asked to contact Medford police at 541-770-4784.

Both cases will be forwarded to the Jackson County District Attorney's Office for review.

Reach reporter Ryan Pfeil at 541-776-4468 or rpfeil@mailtribune.com. Follow him at www.twitter.com/ryanpfeil.