On May 30, 2016 at about 9pm OSP Troopers and emergency personnel responded to a report of a vehicle versus tree on Hwy 99 near milepost 8 (1 mile north of Rogue River).
Preliminary investigation revealed a 1997 Honda coupe was traveling northbound on Highway 99 at a high rate of speed when it failed to negotiate a right sweeping curve. The Honda exited the roadway and struck a large pine tree on the driver's side door. The driver, Donovan G HILBY, age 47, of Grants Pass, was pronounced deceased at the scene by medical personnel. The passenger, Patrick G GREEN, age 35, of Grants Pass, was transported to Rogue Regional Medical Center with serious injuries.
The highway was restricted to one lane for about 3 hours as the investigation was conducted. Oregon Department of Transportation, Rogue River Fire Department, Rogue River Police Department and the Jackson County Sheriff's office assisted. Alcohol and speed are believed to be contributing factors of the crash. More information will be released as it becomes available.