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UPDATE: Pedestrian struck by vehicle linked to fire

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Update 9:55 a.m.: Investigators are turning their attention to what caused the fire at the Cedar Tree Apartments in Medford early Friday morning.

Medford Police Lt. Mike Budreau tells News 10 the origin of the fire is pointing to the apartment where a woman resides but was not at home at the time.

The woman is identified as Tonya Johnson and was in the hospital recovering from being hit by a car on South Pacific Highway the night before.

She was rushed to the hospital and is currently undergoing treatment for serious injuries related to the crash.

Budreau said they would like to talk to anyone who may have seen her prior to the accident for the investigation.

They're still unclear if she had a room mate or if anyone else was at home at the time of the fire.

Today fire investigators will be take a closer look at the scene.

The cause of the fire is still under investigation.

MEDFORD, Ore. — Around 9:00 p.m., the Medford Police Department and the Medford Fire Department responded to a motor vehicle accident involving a pedestrian. The accident happened on South Pacific Highway, near the Grange Co-Op at Lowry Lane.

The pedestrian was crossing westbound and was struck by the vehicle in the far right northbound lane. The victim was taken to the hospital and is currently undergoing treatment for serious injuries.

The driver of the vehicle did not leave the scene and is cooperating with the investigation.

South Pacific Highway was shut down and traffic was diverted for about three hours while police began their investigation. The accident is being investigated by the members of the Serious Traffic Accident Reconstruction Team (STAR Team) and Medford Police Detectives.

The identity of the pedestrian is unknown at this time. Police are asking for the public's assistance in identifying the victim. Anyone with information about the incident or the name of the victim should call Emergency Communications of Southern Oregon at (541)-770-4783.

The victim is described as a white female, about 50 years old, with medium height and weight. she has red hair and multiple tattoos. Her right wrist has a tattoo of Garfield the cat and her chest has a tiger tattoo.

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