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Victim identified in Medford motorcycle crash

A motorcyclist who died in a crash Sunday on North Phoenix Road was identified Tuesday as James Michael Calder, 47, of Medford.

At about 11:30 a.m. Sunday, Calder was riding his motorcycle northbound on North Phoenix just past Princeton Way when his front tire struck the eastbound curb, according to Medford police Lt. Justin Ivens.

Calder was ejected from the bike and hit a tree, Ivens said.

A motorist and two witnesses immediately rendered aid to Calder, Ivens said. Calder ultimately succumbed to his injuries at Asante Rogue Regional Medical Center.

Calder lost control on a curve, according to Ivens, but why isn't known.

“Whatever reason he lost control of the bike, we might never know the answer to that,” Ivens said.

Speed is not believed to have been a factor in the crash, according to Ivens. The accident report doesn't say whether Calder was wearing a helmet, but Ivens said that's typically an indicator Calder complied with helmet laws.

(The spelling of James Calder's last name has been corrected in this version)