Medford man dead after car crash near Gold Hill

A Medford man died Wednesday night after he rolled his car on Old Stage Road and was ejected from the vehicle, police reported.

The Jackson County Sheriff's Department said James Michael Hyde, 50, was traveling east on Old Stage Road from the Gold Hill area at 11 p.m. when he lost control of his truck near the Kane Creek Road intersection. Investigators concluded Hyde drove on the shoulder for about 200 feet before turning the wheel sharply and driving across the road into the oncoming lane of traffic. He then slammed into a small hilside, where the vehicle flipped and rolled before coming to a stop. Hyde, who wasn't wearing his seatbelt, was ejected from the truck.

"The vehicle followed the same path he did and ended up on top of him," said Sgt. Dace Cochran.

Emergency responders pronounced Hyde dead at the scene. Police said alcohol and excessive speed are being investigated as possible factors for the crash. No one else was in the vehicle, police said. There were no witnesses.

Cochran said sheriff's deputies have responded to that area for several car crashes in prior years.

"The traffic team has worked that pretty heavily at times," he said. "Historically, it's been a problem area, kind of like (Highway) 140 used to be at times. It's a twisty, turning county road with no emergency lanes."

The investigation is ongoing.

— Ryan Pfeil

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