Ashland man, 29, dies in motorcycle accident

Investigators survey the scene of a fatal collision Monday on Wagner Creek Road in Talent. Jackson County Sheriff's Office photo
March 22, 2022

Matthew Roberts killed Monday in collision on blind corner in Talent

An Ashland man died Monday in a traffic accident on the southwest side of Talent. Matthew James Roberts, 29, of Ashland was riding his 1996 Harley Davidson motorcycle north around a 90-degree blind corner on Wagner Creek Road between Beeson and Frost lanes at about 5 p.m. when it left the lane of travel and crashed into the front of a 2020 Volvo passenger vehicle, according to a Jackson County Sheriff’s Office news release.

Ashland Fire and Rescue responded to the scene with Jackson County Sheriff’s Office (JCSO) and Talent Police Department and rendered aid. The motorcyclist was transported to a local hospital where he succumbed to his injuries. The driver of the Volvo was transported to a local hospital for non-life-threatening injuries.

The Jackson County Serious Traffic Accident Reconstruction (STAR) team, which includes investigators from JCSO and Medford Police Department, and JCSO Medical Examiner detectives responded to investigate the accident.

The investigation is ongoing, awaiting findings from the STAR team and a toxicology report.

Source: Jackson County Sheriff’s Office news release. Email Ashland.news Executive Editor Bert Etling at betling@ashland.news or call or text him at 541-631-1313.

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