I-5 wrong way driver charged with DUII, Manslaughter and more

, Posted: Thu, March 27 2014 at 6:33 AM, Updated: Thu, May 1 2014 at 12:34 PM

I-5 wrong way driver charged with DUII, Manslaughter and more

Update (4/30 1:00pm): Oregon State Police has arrested Richard Webster Scott and charged him with Manslaughter in the First Degree, DUII, Recklessly Endangering Another Person, and Reckless Driving. 

The 42 year-old Grants Pass resident is lodged in the Jackson County Jail. Scott is the driver involved in a wrong-way fatal accident on I-5 on March 27th. 

(Correction: The original press release from the Oregon State Police stated Richard Scott was 32 years-old. Further press releases have been corrected to state Scott is 42 years-old. The article has been corrected.)

Update: Oregon State Police say 43 year-old Richard Scott from Grants Pass was driving northbound in the right hand southbound lane of Interstate 5 when his car collided head-on with a southbound 2006 Honda Civic driven by 58-year-old Ashland resident Karen Greenstein.

OSP say Scott was extricated from the vehicle and taken to Rogue Valley Medical Center with serious injuries. Greenstein was ejected from her vehicle and pronounced deceased at the scene.

Greenstein worked for more than 20 years for several Jackson County-area emergency dispatch centers and was on her way home after her shift at Emergency Communications of Southern Oregon.

OSP says alcohol is being investigated as a contributing factor on the part of the offending driver.


Phoenix, Ore. -- There was a fatal crash on Interstate 5 this morning. Oregon State Police, Jackson County's Sheriff Office and local fire and medical teams responded to the accident at about 3:17 am.

OPS is reporting that the crash involved a wrong way driver in the southbound lanes on I-5 near milepost 25, (that's about five miles south of Medford).

The crash involved two vehicles, with one confirmed fatality. The offending driver, who was northbound in the southbound lanes, was taken to the hospital with unknown injuries.

The southbound lanes are closed near exit 24. Traffic is being detoured onto Oregon 99 at the south Medford interchange, (exit 27), and back on at the Talent interchange (exit 21). ODOT says to expect a lengthy closure due to crash reconstruction.

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