Men killed in West Main crash had been drinking

The three men killed in a fiery crash on Medford's West Main Street Oct. 1 had been drinking, results from toxicology tests completed by the state crime lab show.

The driver, Keith Allen "Aaron" Fox, 20, had a blood-alcohol level of .15 percent, nearly two times the legal limit in Oregon, the Jackson County Sheriff's Department said today. Passenger Nolan McCoy, 30, who owned the 1994 red BMW coupe that crashed, had a blood-alcohol level of .21 percent and a second passenger, Russell Brice Kasper, 19, had a blood-alcohol level of .05 percent, which isn't legally intoxicated. Both he and Fox were too young to drink legally.

All three died when the car, speeding west on West Main Street, careened out of control on a curve near the Tom Whittle Little League fields at about 1:15 a.m. Oct. 1. The car hit a tree and rolled onto its side before catching fire.

Fox had a suspended driver's license, but friends said he was working to get his life together and earn his driving privileges back.

Friends last saw the three at about 10:30 p.m. Sept. 30, although a puzzling message from Kasper's cell phone at 11:30 p.m. Sunday described being stuck in a ditch and left friends wondering where the three men were and what they were doing.

— Anita Burke

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