By Steven Sandberg
MEDFORD, Ore. — The suspect in last week’s fatal hit-and-run crash in Medford has now been charged with driving under the influence when it happened. That new charge has been handed down by a Jackson County grand jury.
Police say last week, 34-year-old Leta Schroeder of Central Point caused a fatal accident at the intersection of Highways 99 and 62. They say she crashed her truck into a van and killed one of its occupants. Now prosecutors say there is evidence she was under the influence of intoxicants at the time of that fatal crash July 23rd.
Schroeder was arrested in White City nearly 14 hours after the crash on charges of manslaughter and hit and run. Then, last Thursday, she was indicted by a Jackson County grand jury that indictment included a charge for DUII. Jackson County prosecutors declined to comment on what evidence led to the new DUII charge they say releasing that information will affect the jury in the case.
23-year-old Efran Vargas-Urena died in the crash and three others were sent to the hospital. Schroeder is still in Jackson County Jail; her bail is set at 3 million dollars. The Jackson County District Attorney’s Office says it is still awaiting a date for a preliminary hearing.