Driver Arrested for Hit and Run

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NEAR GREENSPRINGS, Ore. — A Nevada woman is headed to the Jackson County Jail after investigators say she hit a man with her car and took off in the Ashland area. The Jackson County Sheriff’s Office says the victim is from Alaska and the two were attending a conference together.

Deputies say 35-year-old Beth Smith hit 45-year-old Richard Conley on the 11000 block of Highway 66 near Hyatt Lake Road. Deputies say a manager at Green Springs Inn found Conley on the road with severe injuries.

Jackson County Sheriff’s Office detectives were asked to respond to the incident at approximately 9:30 a.m. Monday morning, according to the sheriff’s office. The sheriff’s office said Green Springs Fire was the first to respond to the scene.

The Jackson County Sheriff’s Office said when Green Springs Fire District responded to the call, they found Conley on the side of the road with leg and torso injuries. Conley was taken by ambulance to Rogue Regional Medical Center. The sheriff’s office said his condition is currently serious but stable.

Jackson County Sheriff’s Office investigators, along with Oregon State Police investigators, believe Conley was struck with a vehicle. Investigation revealed the driver of the vehicle which struck Mr. Conley, a 2014 Jeep Grand Cherokee, was 38-year-old Nevada resident Beth K. Smith. Smith was arrested for Hit and Run – Vehicle – Injury.

Smith was lodged at the Jackson County Jail with a bail of $25,000. More charges may be added as the investigation continues.