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Motorcycle rider killed in White City crash identified, investigation continues

The caller who reported the crash claimed that the biker had been 'traveling at a high rate of speed prior to the crash,' according to the Jackson County Sheriff's Office.

Posted: Mar 26, 2019 3:55 PM
Updated: Mar 27, 2019 1:30 PM


UPDATE: The man killed in a motorcycle vs. semi crash in White City on Tuesday has been identified as 58-year-old Gerald Duane Golden Jr. of White City.

"The preliminary investigation indicates alcohol impairment and excessive speed by Golden were contributing factors in the crash," the Jackson County Sheriff's Office (JCSO) said in a statement.

Golden Jr. was riding a black 2016 Harley Davidson motorcycle at the time of the crash. A 1988 Kenworth truck hauling a trailer, driven by 58-year-old James Mason Anderson of Central Point, was crossing Avenue G when the crash occurred.

JCSO said that Anderson has been cooperating with investigators, and further toxicology tests remain to be performed by the medical examiner's office on Golden Jr. The crash itself remains under investigation by the Serious Traffic Accident Reconstruction (STAR) team.

(Updated 3/27/19 at 1:30 p.m.)

UPDATE: The Jackson County Sheriff's Office (JCSO) has now confirmed that the motorcycle rider in the White City crash this afternoon has died from injuries sustained in the crash. No one else was injured.

Investigators believe that the biker was heading eastbound on Ave G when he struck the side of a BioMass One truck and trailer that "was crossing Avenue G at a driveway access." The caller who reported the crash claimed that the biker had been "traveling at a high rate of speed prior to the crash."

The biker was brought via ambulance to Rogue Regional Medical Center, but JCSO said that he later died of his injuries. The semi-truck driver was unhurt in the crash and has been cooperating with investigators.

Members of the multi-agency Special Traffic Accident Reconstruction (STAR) team investigated the crash, while employees with Jackson County Roads assisted with traffic control. A half-mile stretch of Avenue G was closed for about three hours during the investigation.

JCSO said that the identities of the drivers involved and more details will be released later.

(Updated 3/26/19 at 5:50 p.m.)

CORRECTION: Minutes after the update, Jackson County Roads has retracted the "fatality," saying that the "severity of the accident is unknown at this time."

UPDATE: An update from Jackson County Roads indicates that the person injured in the crash has died, calling it a "fatal accident."

Avenue G will remain closed between 15th Street on the west end and Crater Lake Hwy 62 on the east end until about 7 p.m. tonight, according to the update.

(Updated 3/26/19 at 5 p.m.)

INITIAL REPORT: One person has been confirmed injured in a motorcycle vs. sem-truck crash in White City on Tuesday afternoon.

The crash happened in the 2600-block of Avenue G in White City. That road remained closed as of 4 p.m. as investigators work to determine what caused the collision.

Authorities have confirmed that one person was transported to the hospital with injuries, though the victim's condition remains unknown at this time.

The road closure restricted business access — including to BioMass One, the Jackson County Sheriff's Office (JCSO) said in a Facebook post.

"Thank you for avoiding the area in the meantime. This post will be updated when the road reopens," JCSO said.

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