Teen hurt in crash remains at RVMC

An Eagle Point teen injured in a rollover crash that killed his friend Wednesday is recovering at Rogue Valley Medical Center.

Nicholas Madtson, 17, was listed in fair condition Thursday, hospital spokesman Grant Walker said.

Madtson and 18-year-old Andrew Roberts, both of Eagle Point, were ejected from the bed of a Toyota pickup driven by Brandon D. Hollingsworth, 19, of Central Point, after the vehicle went off the road and rolled near the intersection of Carberry Creek and Upper Applegate roads.

Roberts was declared dead at the scene. Madtson was taken by Mercy Flights helicopter to RVMC, where he initially was listed in serious condition. Hollingsworth was wearing his seat belt and was not injured in the crash.

Roberts, an Eagle Point High School senior, was a member of Eagle Point Boy Scout Troop No. 48. He achieved the rank of Eagle Scout, the highest rank attainable in the Scouting program, in December, local Scout officials confirmed. Roberts will be greatly missed by his peers and his teachers, said Principal Allen Barber.

"This is a tragedy," Barber said. "We're just thinking about his father and his mother."

Barber described Roberts as "an exceptional student" and leader of the Thespian Club.

School officials will offer grief counseling and students and faculty will determine the best way to honor Roberts' life and memory when school resumes after spring break, he said.

The boys were camping in the Carberry Creek area and were driving to get more firewood when the crash occurred, police said.

Jackson County road crews were working in the area at the time of the crash and were able to provide first aid for the teens.

Jackson County sheriff's deputies have completed their investigation. The case is now in the hands of the Jackson County District Attorney's Office, which will continue to investigate the accident, said Andrea Carlson, the sheriff's media spokeswoman.

District Attorney Mark Huddleston said Thursday afternoon that he was still waiting for reports to review.

Reach reporter Sanne Specht at 541-776-4497 or e-mail sspecht@mailtribune.com.

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