A 54-year-old Central Point man died early Sunday morning after he was ejected from his 2004 Dodge Dakota pickup truck after it rolled over at the 9500 block of Table Rock Road near Modoc Road, according to the Jackson County sheriff.
“He drove off the road in the corner and ended up in an orchard,” sheriff Sgt. Julie Denney said.
She said neighbors heard the crash and immediately called 911 at 2:04 p.m.
The cause of the crash remains under investigation, and the name of the Central Point man will likely not be released until Monday.
Next of kin have been notified, but deputies are waiting until other family members are notified as well, Denney said.
When deputies arrived they found the driver had been ejected from the vehicle and was unresponsive.
Fire District No. 3 medics determined the man was dead at the scene.
“Usually when someone is ejected, they’re not wearing a seat belt,” Denney said.
Deputies determined the vehicle was headed northwest on Table Rock Road. The vehicle went off the road in a curve, rolled, and came to rest in an orchard, Denney said. Nobody else was in the vehicle.
When Fire District No. 3 arrived at the scene they found the vehicle was sitting on its wheels after the rollover.
An investigator from the medical examiner’s office responded to the scene. Routine toxicology tests will be performed to determine whether alcohol or drugs contributed to the crash, Denney said. Lab results are typically not available for several weeks.