GRANTS PASS, Ore. — Oregon State Police arrested 42-year old Grants Pass man, Richard Scott, today on charges of Manslaughter, DUII, Recklessly Endangering Another Person, and Reckless Driving. Scott was the man driving the wrong way on Interstate 5 on March 27th, 2014. He hit an oncoming vehicle and killed the driver, 58-year old Karen Greenstein. Greemstein was from Ashland and was a veteran dispatcher for the Emergency Communications of Southern Oregon.
Scott was initially taken to Rogue Valley Medical Center with serious injuries and then transferred to the Oregon Health and Science University in Portland, but has since returned home and been getting treatment locally for his injuries. He is now lodged in the Jackson County Jail, according to an Oregon State Police press release.
The crash occurred at about 3:17 a.m. Oregon State Police, Jackson County Sheriff’s office, local fire and medical personnel, and ODOT were all dispatched to the scene. Initial reports told officials the crash involved a wrong way driver in the southbound lanes of Interstate 5 near milepost 24. Investigation indicated a silver 2003 Dodge Grand Caravan driven by Scott was heading northbound in the right hand southbound lane when it collided head-on with a southbound 2006 Honda Civic driven by Greenstein.
Scott was extricated from the vehicle and taken to the hospital, and Greenstein was ejected from her vehicle and pronounced dead at the scene. Greenstein worked over 20 years for several Jackson County area emergency dispatch centers and was en route home after completing her shift at Emergency Communications of Southern Oregon.