Grace Elizabeth Ward

Arrest made in wrong-way crash that killed Medford man

Grace Elizabeth Ward (Photo: Shasta County Sheriff’s Office)

SHASTA COUNTY, Calif. – Police say a woman who drove the wrong way on Interstate 5 and killed a Medford man is now behind bars.

Ryan Folsom was just starting a medical career and was preparing to welcome his third child when he was killed near Redding on the night of January 7, 2018.

Folsom was on his way to interview for his residency when his car crashed into another vehicle driven by Grace Elizabeth Ward. According to the California Highway Patrol, Ward was traveling the wrong way on I-5 at a high rate of speed when the crash happened. Police believe Ward may have been suicidal at the time.

Ryan Folsom and family

The head-on collision left both drivers with major injuries. Folsom later died in the hospital.

On January 30, Ward was booked into the Shasta County Jail for second-degree murder, assault with a deadly weapon, vandalism/property damage.

CHP Acting Commander Lieutenant Scott Fredrick said, “Not only was this tragedy felt in California, but in all the communities affected by this heartbreaking loss continue to grieve.”

Folsom left behind his two boys and his wife, who is pregnant with their third child.

As a way to help alleviate some of the financial burdens, a friend created a go fund me page. He said the young family was completely invested in Folsom’s medical career and now needs the support. To view the GoFundMe page, click here.

To support the Folsom family’s baby shower registry, click here.

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