Fatal-crash probe continues

The investigation continues into a crash that killed a young couple and injured seven other people packed into an SUV on the way to Applegate Lake on Saturday.

Investigators from a multi-agency crash reconstruction team still are interviewing people who were in the GMC sport-utility vehicle when it veered off the 600 block of Upper Applegate Road near Ruch about 12:40 p.m. Saturday, said Andrea Carlson, spokeswoman for the Jackson County Sheriff's Department.

"The report needs to paint a full picture of what happened leading up to the crash, during, and after it," she said.

On Monday, investigators released the names of two people killed in the crash, 20-year-old Douglas Auberry and 18-year-old Faith Vock, both of Medford.

Vock's uncle, Marvin McGary, previously had talked with media outlets, describing how the two, who had dated for about two weeks, were sitting together in the back of the SUV without seatbelts. He identified the driver as Auberry's mother, who had a number of teenagers living at her house and in the car with her Saturday afternoon.

Auberry's last name was incorrectly reported in an earlier story.

Investigators haven't released the names of the driver, identified only as a woman in her 40s, or any of the passengers who were rushed to Medford hospitals. The other passengers were reportedly in their late teens and early 20s. Carlson said those names might be available today.

She said investigators must be particularly meticulous because of the large number of people involved and the seriousness of the crash. Civil or criminal cases could stem from the crash, she noted, so authorities want the initial reports to be as thorough as possible before releasing details.

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