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Fatal Vehicle / Pedestrian Crash - Highway 62 northeast of Medford
11/19/2008
Lieutenant Gregg Hastings
Public Information Officer
Office: (503) 731-3020 ext. 247

A 61-year old male died Tuesday evening when he was struck by a vehicle on Highway 62 after reportedly walking into the vehicle's lane of travel. The victim's name is withheld pending next of kin notification.

 
According to Oregon State Police b(OSP) Sergeant Jeff Fitzgerald, on November 18, 2008 at approximately 6:30 p.m. a 2003 Chevrolet Impala driven by KATHY LYNN SCHAECHER, age 51, from Central Point, was eastbound on Highway 62 near Vilas Road outside the Medford city limits when she struck a pedestrian walking across the roadway. The pedestrian was pronounced dead at the scene.
 
This section of Highway 62 is a four lane roadway with two eastbound and two westbound lanes of travel divided by a continuous left turn lane. Conditions were dark with areas of fog along the roadway.
 
OSP troopers from the Central Point and Grants Pass Area Command are continuing the investigation. Jackson County Sheriff's Department, Jackson County Fire District 3, ODOT and the Jackson County District Attorney's Office assisted at the scene.