Josephine Co. Sheriff's Office

On August 21, 2023, at 7:35 pm, the Josephine County Sheriff’s Office was notified of a small silver hatchback hiding in the bushes near MP 6 on Lower River Road.  The reporting party advised the vehicle would wait for other vehicles to drive by and would rev the engine, which made machine gun like noises.

A Deputy responded to the area to attempt to locate the suspicious activity.  As the Deputy approached the area, he observed a vehicle matching the description travelling eastbound at 90 MPH.  The Deputy turned around to attempt to stop the vehicle.  As the Deputy came around the corner, he observed a cloud of dust near the roadway and advised the vehicle had crashed.

Rural Metro and American Medical Response (AMR) were requested to the scene due to the heavy damage to the vehicle and the injuries of the occupants.  The vehicle was occupied by two males.  The passenger was transported by AMR to Rogue Regional Medical Center.  The driver, Brooks Kimball, was pronounced deceased at the scene of the crash.  Next of kin has been notified.

A request was made for the Oregon State Police Crash Reconstruction Team to process the crash scene.  The investigation has been turned over to the Oregon State Police.  No further details are being released.