Preliminary investigation revealed that a green Nissan Frontier, operated by Ryan Risely, 26, of Lexington KY, was traveling northbound on Hwy 199 when it left the roadway and lost control. The vehicle entered the southbound lane of travel and impacted a blue Mazda 5, operated by Diego Thor, 37, of Crescent City, California.
Risley sustained fatal injuries and was pronounced deceased at the scene.
Diego Thor and a juvenile passenger were transported by ground ambulance to the hospital. Another passenger, Moei Thor, 35, sustained serious injury and was transported by air ambulance to the hospital
Hwy 199 was closed for approximately 4.5 hours following the crash. No information yet on what may have caused Risley to lose control of the vehicle.
OSP was assisted by Illinois Valley Fire, AMR, Mercy Flights, and the Oregon Department of Forestry.
NBC5 News Reporter Miles Furuichi graduated from Chapman University with degrees in English and Journalism. He received post graduate experience in Los Angeles in photojournalism and commercial photography. He also spent time in Dublin, Ireland working in print journalism and advertising.
Miles is a Rogue Valley native, raised in Ashland. He enjoys hiking, mountain biking and photography.