Police believe street racing led to serious crash

Scene of the crash in Medford on Sunday. Courtesy Image: Chasity Fuller

Medford Police believe a race between multiple cars led to a serious crash on Sunday evening.

Just before 9 p.m. yesterday, authorities received a report that a single car had crashed into a utility pole and a brick wall near Central Avenue and Boyd Street. Police say the driver was speeding and lost control of the car, causing the crash.

"At this time it is believed that this event was associated with a race between multiple vehicles," MPD said in a Monday morning statement.

The two people inside of the car were left with serious injuries - both were taken to a local hospital. While police have not released their identities, authorities say both individuals are in critical condition at this time.

Bryan Bossingham, a resident who grew up in Medford, said there has always been racing in Medford and it isn't necessarily a new trend. However, he said the cars now aren't the same as they used to be.

"The cars now are so light and so powerful, they can't really control them, in my opinion," Bossingham said. "They're not made of steel and heavy like they used to be."

He also said that drivers caught racing should be held accountable for their actions.

"If they injure somebody or any property, especially a person, they should be held fully responsible. Pay the medical bills, do time, do something," Bossingham said.

While yesterday's crash did involve a utility pole, Pacific Power has confirmed that none of their equipment was involved in the crash, nor was there a subsequent power outage.

This is a developing story and will be updated as more information becomes available.

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