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Arrest in Wrong-Way Driver Case that Killed Medford Father

**Fatal Wrong-Way Driver Update** It was 23 days ago that a Medford father/husband/aspiring doctor was killed in northern California.

Posted: Jan 30, 2018 4:21 PM
Updated: Oct 1, 2020 11:08 AM

REDDING, Calif. -- Today police arrested the woman accused of driving a car head-on into another vehicle, killing the driver.  It's been more than 3 weeks since that crash.  

It was January 7, 2018, at approximately 12:15pm when a 2009 dark gray Chevrolet Impala crashed into another vehicle.  The Impala was driven by Grace Elizabeth Ward.  It was traveling the wrong-way, northbound in the southbound lanes of Interstate 5, south of Knighton Road.  Police say it was going very fast.   A 2012 maroon Honda Accord was traveling southbound on Interstate 5, south of Knighton Road, in the #1 lane, and was not able to avoid the head-on collision with the Chevrolet Impala.   The Accord was being driven by Ryan J. Folsom.

Both drivers received major injuries as a result of this head-on collision and were taken to Dignity Health Mercy Medical Center Redding for treatment. While at Mercy Medical Center, Mr. Folsom died because of the injuries he received as a result of this collision.

Today, the Impala's driver, Grace Elizabeth Ward, was arrested and booked into the Shasta County Jail for the following charges:

  1. 187(a) P.C. – Second Degree Murder.
  2. 245(a)(1) P.C. - Assault with a Deadly Weapon
  3. 594 (a) P.C. – Vandalism/Property Damage

CHP Redding Area Acting Commander, Lieutenant Scott Fredrick, stated, “Not only was this tragedy felt in California, but all the communities affected by this heartbreaking loss continue to grieve. Our officers have been working around the clock to gather the facts of this case and seek the appropriate justice in this devastating loss. The California Highway Patrol Redding Area would like to thank the many agencies who assisted at the scene, along with the assistance of the Shasta County District Attorney’s Office.”

The victim in this crash, Ryan Folsom, grew up in Medford. This is a link to the story we did on Ryan right after the crash.   

A close friend tells NewsWatch 12 Ryan was on his way to becoming a doctor.

Ryan's friend, Ian, says Ryan was headed south on interstate 5 as he had interviews lined up for a residency.

Ryan, who went to medical school in San Antonio, was on his way to making his dreams of becoming a doctor come true.

Ian has started a GoFundMe campaign for the family.

Ryan is survived by his wife and two kids, with a third baby on the way.

Ian Cropper says, "Ryan as a person, the best way to describe him is instantly your best friend, he had a boisterous laugh and he was a really quality person. Of all people that this could have happened to, that this happened to Ryan is really tragic, the guy who wanted to be a doctor because he loved the idea of saving people’s lives.

Ian says Ryan was a member of the local LDS church.

He also graduated from North Medford High School.

If you want to help the Folsom family, you can click here.

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