EAGLE POINT, Ore. — The surviving driver in a fatal two-vehicle crash that happened near Takelma County Park last month has been charged with manslaughter and driving under the influence, according to the Jackson County Sheriff's Office.
The crash happened before 7:30 a.m. on Thursday, May 20, on Rogue River Drive near Eagle Point. Callers reported that two pickup trucks had collided on the rural two-lane highway.
When deputies arrived at the scene, they found the driver of a 1999 Ford F-350 "Dually" pickup being attended to by medical staff. The driver of the other truck was found unresponsive and died at the scene, JCSO said.
According to the agency, 50-year-old Robert Taylor of Gold Hill was the driver of the '99 F-350. The investigation found that Taylor had crossed over the solid double-yellow centerline in his truck and hit the victim's truck head-on. JCSO came to believe that methamphetamine use was a contributing factor in the crash.
Taylor has been charged with first-degree manslaughter, driving under the influence of intoxicants, and reckless driving.