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A Medford man died following a single-car crash on Saturday night.

Posted: Jul 16, 2019 10:28 AM
Updated: Jul 16, 2019 10:28 AM

CENTRAL POINT, Ore. — A Medford man's drinking may have contributed to the crash that cost him his life on Saturday evening, according to the Jackson County Sheriff's Office (JCSO).

Dispatch received a 911 call just before 8:30 a.m., reporting a single-car crash at the intersection of Table Rock Road and East Gregory Road.

"The caller reported a gold Ford Escape had crashed into a pole; the driver and sole occupant was unconscious and bleeding," the Sheriff's Office said.

Several bystanders with CPR training tried to resuscitate the driver, later identified as 68-year-old Jud Allen Dikes. Deputies, firefighters and medics soon arrived at the scene, but Dikes did not survive.

An investigation by deputies determined that Dikes had been driving southbound on Table Rock when he veered across the oncoming lanes "for unknown reasons," JCSO said. He ran into a traffic signal pole at the southeast corner of the intersection with E Gregory.

Deputies said that Dikes was not wearing a seatbelt at the time of the crash. The investigation also found evidence that Dikes had been drinking, though toxicology tests still need to be performed by the Jackson County Medical Examiner's Office.

The Sheriff's Office said that Dikes' family has been notified of his death.

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