Man killed in head-on crash on Highway 140

JACKSON COUNTY, Ore. – A driver was killed and his passenger injured in a head-on crash on Highway 140 Thursday.

According to Oregon State Police, 37-year-old Richard Cota from Bonanza was driving eastbound on Highway 140 in a Dodge Neon with one female passenger.

OSP said Cota was traveling in the opposite lane, passing other eastbound vehicles at a high rate of speed.

Near milepost 14, Cota encountered a westbound Ford F-350 pickup truck driven by 52-year-old Frederick French. Police said French tried to avoid Cota by veering onto the westbound shoulder. However, Cota also drove onto the westbound shoulder. The two vehicles collided head-on.

Cota was killed in the crash. His 33-year-old passenger was transported to a hospital in Medford.

OSP said French was flown to a hospital due to his injuries.

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