Fatal Crash on Hwy 234 – Jackson County

On Tuesday, July 21, 2020 at approximately 10:44 P.M., Oregon State Police Troopers and emergency personnel responded to a single vehicle crash on Hwy 234 near mile post 12.

Preliminary investigation revealed that a Honda motorcycle, operated by Mark Nienhouse (42) of Medford, was traveling west on Hwy 234 when it struck an elk in the roadway.

Nienhouse and his passenger, Jennifer Ayala (30) of Central Point, sustained fatal injuries and were pronounced deceased.

OSP was assisted by the Jackson County Sheriff’s Office, Jackson County Fire District 3, and ODOT.