UPDATE: Police Determine Biker's Death Was Accidental

Mountain biker was found dead on a mountain bike trail near Ashland.

Posted: Feb. 5, 2018 4:52 PM
Updated: Feb. 6, 2018 3:26 PM

ASHLAND, Ore. -- UPDATE: Police released the name of the person killed in a mountain biking crash west of Ashland.
An autopsy showed John Edward Thomas, Jr., 56, received significant head trauma after falling off his bicycle. He was wearing a helmet.
The Jackson County Medical Examiner's Office said the crash was accidental. Thomas was riding through a dip in the trail when he lost control and crashed Monday night.
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A 56-year-old Ashland man died Monday while mountain biking on a trail west of the city.

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On February 5, 2018, just before 1:00 p.m. dispatch received a 911 call from a hiker who found the man and his bicycle on the ground near the Hitt Road trail, approximately two miles south of Strawberry Lane. 

Ashland Police officers responded to the incident, which was found to have occurred outside the city limits. Jackson County Sheriff's Office deputies, JCSO Search and Rescue volunteers, and Ashland Fire and Rescue crews assisted with the recovery.

The Jackson County Medical Examiner's Office will work to confirm the cause of death. The man's wife has been notified of his death; his name will be released at a later time to allow friends and family members to be notified.

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