Crash Kills Motorcyclist on Wagner Creek Road 90-degree Blind Corner

Jackson County Sheriff's Office

JCSO Case 22-1485

TALENT, Ore. – A motorcyclist has died after crashing into a passenger vehicle on the 90-degree blind corner near the 6000 block of Wagner Creek Road in Talent. At 5:10 pm on Monday, Ashland Fire and Rescue responded to the scene with Jackson County Sheriff’s Office (JCSO) and Talent Police Department and began rendering aid. The motorcyclist was transported to a local hospital where he ultimately succumbed to his injuries. Next of kin has been notified, the motorcyclist was Matthew James Roberts, 29, of Ashland. 

Jackson County Serious Traffic Accident Reconstruction (STAR) team and JCSO Medical Examiner detectives responded to investigate the accident. Preliminary investigations indicate the 1996 Harley Davidson motorcycle was traveling northbound on Wagner Creek Road when it left the lane of travel for unknown reasons and crashed into the front of the 2020 Volvo passenger vehicle. The driver of the Volvo was transported to a local hospital for non-life-threatening injuries.

The investigation is ongoing, awaiting findings from the STAR team and a toxicology report. STAR team consists of investigators from JCSO and Medford Police Department.