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Possible Charges in Bicyclist’s Death

Police Respond to Bank RobberyMEDFORD, Ore. — The driver involved in a crash that took the life of a bicyclist may face charges.

The crash happened on Riverside in Medford on Friday. Medford Police say the 66-year-old bicyclist, Gary Tuer, was riding northbound on Riverside Avenue when he struck the rear quarter panel of a vehicle that had made a right turn into a business.

Medford Police have identified the driver as 23-year-old Cody Smith. The Tuer was found unconscious. He was transported to the hospital where he died. Police say he was not wearing a helmet.

Medford Police say Smith was not under the influence of any alcohol or drugs. However, the Jackson County District Attorney’s Office will consider charges or a citation against him. Medford Police say an autopsy will be conducted later this week. After autopsy, the case will be presented to the D.A. for possible charges.

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  1. Marge Jones says:

    I don’t understand why the driver would be charged if the bicyclist ran into the rear of his vehicle. Is something being left out of this report. Did the driver try to beat the bicyclist before he crossed the driveway? Did the bicyclist try to beat the truck driver? This should really be cleared up. I’m sure I’m not the only one confused.

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