The Oregon State Police arrested a 42-year old Grants Pass man Wednesday in connection with the investigation into the March 27 wrong way crash that took the life of a 58-year old Ashland woman and veteran dispatcher for Emergency Communications of Southern Oregon.
OSP Criminal Investigations Division detectives and troopers arrested 42-year old Richard Webster Scott for the following charges: Manslaughter in the First Degree, DUII, Recklessly Endangering Another Person, Reckless Driving.
Scott was lodged at the Jackson County Jail.
On March 27, at approximately 3:17 a.m., law enforcement was dispatched to a reported traffic crash involving a wrong way driver in the southbound lanes of Interstate 5 near milepost 24. Investigation indicated a silver 2003 Dodge Grand Caravan driven by Scott was driving northbound in the right hand southbound lane of Interstate 5 when it collided head-on with a southbound 2006 Honda Civic driven by 58-year Karen Lee Greenstein from Ashland.
Scott was extricated from the vehicle and taken to Rogue Valley Medical Center with serious injuries. He was later transferred to a Portland-area hospital for treatment. After release from the hospital, he was being treated locally as he continued recovery from his injuries.
Greenstein was ejected from her vehicle and pronounced deceased at the scene. She worked over 20 years for several Jackson County-area emergency dispatch centers and was en route home after completing her shift at Emergency Communications of Southern Oregon.