Second driver suspected in speed racing accident cited

A second driver allegedly involved in a street racing crash on Riverside Avenue last week that left two people injured has been cited, Medford police report.

After being interviewed twice by police, Dylan Clark, 18, of Ashland, was cited Tuesday on charges of reckless driving and speed racing.

At 5:20 p.m. on Sept. 17, a Pontiac Firebird and a Ford Mustang were racing down Riverside Avenue when the driver of the Pontiac lost control and smashed into a Volkswagon Jetta with two 36-year-olds inside. The couple in the Jetta were hospitalized with minor injuries.

The man driving the Pontiac was identified as 31-year-old Richard Moore Smith III, who was arrested on charges of reckless driving, two counts of third-degree assault and two counts of recklessly endangering another. Smith was also cited for driving while suspended and speed racing. The Mustang's driver left the scene and wasn't identified on the day of the crash, police said.

A Medford police news release today said a witness came forward anonymously on Friday with more details about the Mustang. The tip led officers to a motel room at the Cedar Lodge, 518 N. Riverside Ave. Police found a blue 1997 Ford Mustang near a motel room and made contact with Clark in the car.

He initially denied being involved with the race, but on Tuesday police interviewed him again. Clark told them that the race started at the intersection of Riverside Avenue and Jackson Street. When the light turned green, the cars sped off.

Clark told investigators that he saw the Firebird spin out of control at a high speed and hit the Jetta. He stppped to make sure Smith was OK, but then left the scene, the police news release said. Smith wasn't injured in the crash.

Reckless driving is a class A misdemeanor and speed racing is a class A traffic infraction.

— Mandy Valencia

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