On May 3, 2013 at 11:35 p.m. Oregon State Police Troopers
from the Central Point Area Command responded to the scene of a fatal motor
vehicle collision involving two vehicles. One of the vehicle was traveling the
wrong direction - northbound in the southbound lanes.
Investigation at the scene showed that a 2003 Pontiac
Vibe driven by Derek MASSEY, age 41 of Talent, Oregon alone in his vehicle, was
traveling northbound in the southbound lanes when he collided head on into a
2006 Ford Expedition driven by Ryan Thompson, age 36 of French Gulch, CA, who
was also alone in his vehicle.
Thompson sustained non-life threatening injuries and
MASSEY was pronounced deceased at the scene of the crash. MASSEY'S next of kin
has been notified.
Investigation into the cause of the crash is continuing.
It is unknown at this time if intoxicants were a contributing factor.
Photographs of the scene are not yet available.
Contact Info: Sgt. David Beck, Oregon State Police
Central Point Area Command, (541) 618-7946