MEDFORD, Ore. — A motorcycle rider died on Sunday evening after crashing into the back of a truck on Crater Lake Avenue in Medford, according to police.
Officers from the Medford Police Department responded shortly before 6 p.m. following reports of a fatal crash, the agency said.
An investigation found that the motorcyclist had been riding "at a high rate of speed" south on Crater Lake Avenue in the left lane. Just south of the Delta Waters intersection, a truck driver was stopped, waiting to turn left onto Temple Drive. The motorcycle smashed into the back of the truck, Medford Police said — launching the rider into an oncoming vehicle.
A detective from MPD and the area Serious/Fatal Traffic Accidents Reconstruction (STAR) team assumed the investigation after the initial emergency response.
An initial statement from MPD did not identify the motorcyclist.