Race on Table Rock Road ends in crash

Police said a high-speed race between two cars along Table Rock Road ended with one car crashing into a home in the 2500 block Sunday morning.

Medford police said the crash came just after 10 a.m. Sunday. A Chevy Cobalt driven by 20-year-old Mireya Serrano, of Medford, was allegedly racing an older light-colored Buick or Cadillac. Both vehicles were heading north on Table Rock Road.

"Based on witness statements, (she was) exceeding 70 mph," said Lt. Mike Budreau. "She was just going way too fast."

The posted speed limit along that residential area of Table Rock Road is 30 mph.

As both vehicles neared the road's Y-intersection with Merriman Road, Serrano lost control of her vehicle, which left the road and slammed into a duplex, police said. She was wearing a seat belt.

Two people inside the home, a 28-year-old woman and a 9-year-old boy, were not hurt. The car's front end was crumpled, and the home's entryway sustained some damage. City crews will inspect the home to see if there was any foundation damage.

Medford Fire-Rescue crews treated Serrano for minor injuries. Police cited and released her on charges of reckless driving and speed racing. The charges carry a total of $3,435 in potential fines.

Racing on streets is classified as a Class A traffic violation that police typically must witness to charge suspects. Because of the damage to the home and car in this case, an officer did not need to witness it, Budreau explained.

"I wouldn't say it's something we see a lot of," Budreau said. "It's something that occasionally happens. It's just kind of hit and miss on where it's going to occur."

Medford police have written 77 citations for speed racing in Medford since July 30, 2009, Budreau said.

Police are working to identify the driver of the second car, who investigators think is a man Serrano knows. If that driver is found, he also could be charged with speed racing, which carries its own potential fine of $435.

Reach reporter Ryan Pfeil at 541-776-4468 or email rpfeil@mailtribune.com.

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