April 30, 2014
Lieutenant Gregg Hastings
Public Information Officer
(503) 731-3020 ext 247
Oregon State Police (OSP) arrested a 42-year old Grants Pass man Wednesday in connection with the investigation into the March 27, 2014, wrong way driver-involved traffic crash that took the life of a 58-year old Ashland woman and veteran dispatcher for Emergency Communications of Southern Oregon.
According to Sergeant Jeff Fitzgerald, on April 30, 2014, OSP Criminal Investigations Division detectives and troopers arrested RICHARD WEBSTER SCOTT, age 42, for the following charges:
* Manslaughter in the First Degree
* Recklessly Endangering Another Person
* Reckless Driving
SCOTT was lodged at the Jackson County Jail.
On March 27, 2014 at approximately 3:17 a.m., OSP, Jackson County Sheriff's Office, local fire and medical personnel, and ODOT were 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 KAREN LEE GREENSTEIN, age 58, 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. GREENSTEIN worked over 20 years for several Jackson County-area emergency dispatch centers and was enroute home after completing her shift at Emergency Communications of Southern Oregon.
OSP was assisted at the scene by Jackson County Sheriff's Office, Medford Police Department, Jackson County District Attorney's Office, local fire personnel and ODOT.
No photograph available from jail for release at this time.
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