GRANTS PASS, Ore. — A three-vehicle crash that resulted in multiple hospitalizations in Grants Pass on Tuesday was caused by an intoxicated driver, according to the Grants Pass Department of Public Safety (GPDPS).
Police, firefighters, and paramedics responded to the intersection of Grants Pass Parkway and SE M Street around 1 p.m. following reports of a crash and injuries.
"Callers reported a 3-vehicle head-on collision in the intersection," GPDPS said.
Units arrived to find the three cars in the middle of SE M Street, just east of the Parkway. All three were "significantly damaged" and had to be towed away. Two drivers were taken to Three Rivers Medical Center with injuries that were not considered to be life threatening.
An investigation of the crash found that the driver of a 2009 silver Nissan Murano was heading eastbound on SE M Street when they illegally passed another car and did not stop before driving into the intersection, GPDPS said.
The driver managed to avoid both north and southbound traffic in the intersection, but then smashed head-on into a black 2013 Chevrolet Tahoe.
"The Chevrolet was westbound and stopped for the red traffic signal," GPDPS said. "The collision forces then pushed the Chevrolet backward, causing it to impact a white colored 2019 Toyota Tundra."
Police concluded that the driver of the Nissan Murano, 51-year-old Kimberly Dawn Day, had been "driving under the influence of an inhalant," and may have passed out while driving. She crashed into the Tahoe, injuring both the other driver and herself.
The driver of the Toyota Tundra told first responders that they did not need treatment. Day was evaluated at Three River Hospital, treated, and then released into the custody of the Josephine County Jail.
Day faces charged for DUII, Assault III, Reckless Driving, three counts of Reckless Endangering, and two counts of Criminal Mischief II.
Anyone with further information related to this crash is asked to please call the Grants Pass Department of Public Safety at 541-450-6260, reference case #20-6758