Back-to-back traffic crashes Wednesday involving pedestrians left one dead, two others injured and mangled traffic throughout Medford for hours.
Scott Deusebio, 49, died after he was struck by a double dump truck in the middle of North Phoenix Road, while two other males were sent to the hospital after a full-size SUV struck them at a crosswalk near North Central Avenue and East Jackson Street.
At 2:03 p.m., Deusebio reportedly first ran across the southbound lanes and then proceeded into the northbound lanes ahead of the dump truck in an area without a crosswalk, according to Medford police Lt. Mike Budreau, who spoke at the scene.
“We believe he intentionally ran out in front of the vehicle,” Budreau said.
Deusebio lived close to the scene of the crash in the 3500 block of Michael Park Drive, according to a Medford police news release. Witnesses told police that Deusebio intentionally ran into the path of the dump truck.
The driver told police he couldn’t stop it in time, according to Budreau, who also said the driver is cooperating with investigators.
Because the crash occurred a short distance from Medford Fire-Rescue Station 6, first responders arrived within minutes; however, the man succumbed to his injuries by the time paramedics had arrived.
Two hours later, police and paramedics were called to the scene of a second crash involving two pedestrians near downtown Medford.
At 4:10 p.m., a 2002 Chevrolet Suburban struck two male pedestrians in the crosswalk who had the right of way.
The two victims’ names, ages and identities were not immediately available Wednesday afternoon. Both pedestrians were taken to Asante Rogue Regional Medical Center with unknown injuries, Budreau said.
As of early Wednesday evening, the crash near downtown Medford was still under investigation, with a lead investigating officer headed to the hospital, according to Budreau.
Budreau said clear skies and a low sun could have affected the driver’s visibility.
The fatal crash investigation was expected to close the northbound lanes on North Phoenix Road through 7:30 p.m. Wednesday, according to Budreau.
The Jackson County Sheriff’s Office traffic unit’s Serious Traffic Accident Reconstruction team had to leave a conference in Canyonville to investigate the fatal crash, causing delays.