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Eagle Point man gets 90 days for fatal crash

An Eagle Point man was sentenced Wednesday to 90 days in jail and probation for a distracted-driving crash that caused the death of a child.

Devyn James Baldovino, 25, was sentenced in Jackson County Circuit Court after admitting to his role in the death of a 7-year-old girl in a White City crash that Chief Deputy District Attorney Jeremy Markiewicz called “a preventable collision” in a news release issued Wednesday.

On the evening of Jan. 29, 2018, Baldovino was driving his 1985 Ford F-250 pickup on Highway 140 when he collided with a 2006 Scion XB that had stopped to turn onto Lakeview Drive.

The Scion was occupied by Jordan Bailey and her three children, ages 15, 7 and 3. First-responders pronounced Maddison Bailey, 7, dead at the scene of the crash. The car’s other occupants were treated at a nearby hospital for injuries.

The impact from the crash moved the car 108 feet from where it was stopped, and crash reconstructionists found no skid marks from Baldovino’s truck prior to the impact. A witness told police that Baldovino’s truck never braked prior to the impact.

Police determined that Baldovino exchanged about 15 text messages between the time he clocked out of work at 6:17 p.m. and the time of the first 911 call at 6:31 p.m.

The last message Baldovino sent was at 6:30 p.m. and 22 seconds, and the last message he received was 21 seconds later.

Prosecutors say they have no way to definitively say whether Baldovino was using his phone at the exact time of impact, but phone records indicate that Baldovino was distracted.

At the scene of the crash, Baldovino told police that he took his eyes off the road for about 10 seconds to reach for a bottled beverage that had fallen on the floor.

Baldovino was once a standout track athlete for North Medford High School, according to earlier news reports. His accomplishments included winning the 800-meter race at the Grants Pass Rotary Invitational track meet and placing fifth at state in the event in 2013.

In the release, Markiewicz called the case an “example of the dangers of distracted driving and cellphone usage,” pointing out that a driver going 55 mph travels more than 80 feet per second — ample time for roadway or traffic conditions to change.

“A 7-year-old girl lost her life, and her family is forever impacted by the events of this night,” the release said. “This was a preventable collision if the public service announcements and other literature issued by the Oregon State police, the National Traffic Safety Administration and other law enforcement agencies regarding distracted driving were taken seriously and adhered to by drivers on our roadways.”

Reach reporter Nick Morgan at 541-776-4471 or nmorgan@rosebudmedia.com. Follow him on Twitter @MTCrimeBeat.

Correction: An earlier version of this story failed to mention that Baldovino was sentenced to 90 days in jail.

Devyn James Baldovino exchanged 15 text messages in this pickup, including in the minute before impact. OSP photo.
A 7-year-old girl in the back seat died from this White City crash caused by a distracted driver. OSP photo.