A Klamath Falls man died Thursday evening in White City when the car in which he was a passenger crashed while the driver attempted to elude police.
According to a release from Oregon State Police, deputies from the Jackson County Sheriff’s Office were responding to a restraining order violation in the White City area when the incident began at about 8:30 p.m.
The release said that when deputies arrived in the area, a citizen flagged them down to report that a Toyota Tundra had been following them. Deputies located a 2013 Toyota Tundra and attempted to pull over the vehicle.
Police say the driver, later identified as Christopher Giron, 48, of Ashland, attempted to elude and drove south on Highway 62 at a high rate of speed. Giron attempted to turn east onto Highway 140 but failed to negotiate the corner. Giron’s vehicle left the roadway at the southeast corner of the intersection, struck an electrical box that operates the traffic signal, and came to rest down an embankment.
Giron and his passenger, Teddy Geaney, 50, of Klamath Falls, were transported to the hospital. Geaney was pronounced dead at the hospital.
The vehicle was reported stolen from southern Jackson County. Geaney was the suspect in the restraining order violation.
Oregon State Police are investigating the crash and were assisted by the Jackson County District Attorney’s Office and the Oregon Department of Transportation.