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Medford School District copes with loss of student

North Medford High School mourns loss of student (KTVL/Sarina Sandoval)

A single rollover crash kills North Medford High School student on Sunday.

RELATED | Sheriff ID driver in deadly rollover crash on Foothill Road

Robert Ernst, a North Medford High School student, was killed in a car crash on N. Foothill Road while traveling at a high rate of speed.

According to Jackson County Roads, in the last five years, there has been 24 accidents in the area between Vilas Road and Cory Road.

Jackson County Roads Director John Vial says, the road is safe, but it all depends on the driver.

"Foothill is a facility that has issues, but it's not one of our high crash rate roads. There's a lot of people that use it and people make mistakes while driving and that shows, but it's not one of our highest crash rate facilities," Vial said.

He says a new project starting in 2025 will widen and straighten the road.

The Medford School District is providing whatever assistance students and staff may need to deal with their loss.

"We have four teams district wide made up of several counselors and different kinds of counselors and they dispatch to the school that's affected," Natalie Hurd, Communications Specialist, The Medford School District said.

Hurd says the district provides their school trauma assistance team where students are equipped with arts and crafts, one-on-one conversations with counselors, and much more.

"We do believe that it's important to notify our students and staff of whatever the facts are surrounding the situation and then to provide them with resources to begin that grieving process," Hurd said.

There has not been any word on a memorial for Ernst.

The Jackson County Sheriff's Office has asked to avoid having a memorial near the crash site due to safety concerns.


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