Deputies: DUII driver seriously injured motorcyclists
A Medford man is facing multiple charges after allegedly crashing his pickup into a Klamath Falls couple riding a motorcycle, causing the amputation of the motorcycle passenger's arm and part of her leg.
Jose Guadalupe Medina-Galan, 21, of the 600 block of North Riverside Avenue, is being held in the Jackson County Jail on $250,000 bail following the Sunday evening collision. He was lodged on charges that included two counts of second-degree assault, two counts of failing to perform the duties of a driver to an injured person, driving under the influence of intoxicants, reckless driving and resisting arrest.
At 6:07 p.m. Sunday, Jackson County Sheriff's Office deputies responded to a crash on North Foothill Road near East Vilas Road between Medford and White City.
A southbound red 1996 Chevrolet pickup truck driven by Medina-Galan lost control, crossed the center line and slid sideways into the path of a northbound motorcycle, according to deputies.
Both the operator of the motorcycle, Zachary James Toll, 28, and the passenger, Chelsea Quinn Gamble, 27, were seriously injured, according to the sheriff's office.
Gamble's injuries were so extensive, according to an affidavit giving an initial description of the scene, that her injuries included a "missing arm and leg."
She was transported by air to Oregon Health & Science University in Portland, where she remains in serious condition. Her injuries required amputation of one arm and a partial amputation of one leg, the sheriff's office said Tuesday.
Toll was transported to Asante Rogue Regional Medical Center in Medford with serious injuries, the sheriff's office said.
The multi-agency Serious Traffic Accident Reconstruction Team assisted with the investigation.
Detectives said Medina-Galan initially stopped near the crash scene to let two passengers out of the pickup, then continued on North Foothill Road. The pickup came to a stop about a half-mile away. It was disabled becaue of the damage sustained in the crash, the sheriff's office said.
Deputies found Medina-Galan, who was allegedly visibly intoxicated and combative, and took him into custody. He was not injured in the crash, the sheriff's office said.
"Jose showed signs of intoxication, odor of alcohol, bloodshot watery eyes and said he had been drinking," the affidavit said.
Before the crash, Medina-Galan was reportedly driving recklessly during a road rage incident involving another vehicle on North Foothill Road. The other vehicle was described as a small car, possibly a Mitsubishi Eclipse. Detectives would like to speak with the driver and any passengers who were in the car.
The affidavit said Medina-Galan was seen driving recklessly, cutting off traffic and passing other vehicles.
Anyone with information can call Jackson County Sheriff's Detective Steve Bohn at 541-774-6168 in reference to case 17-17771.