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Police arrest man suspected in reckless driving crash that killed Wolf Creek firefighter's wife

46-year-old Freddie Tillett of Grants Pass faces charges for manslaughter and DUII.

Posted: Oct 15, 2019 11:44 AM
Updated: Oct 15, 2019 11:49 AM

GRANTS PASS, Ore. — The man suspected of reckless driving in a crash that killed a Wolf Creek firefighter's wife has been arrested and charged with manslaughter, according to a statement from Oregon State Police (OSP).

The crash happened on the evening of Friday, September 27 along Highway 99. Investigators determined that 46-year-old Freddie Tillet of Grants Pass was swerving into oncoming traffic when he crashed head-on into 39-year-old Brenda Reinert's vehicle.

Reinert was taken to the hospital, but she could not be resuscitated.

At the time, OSP said that Tillett was brought to the hospital with serious injuries, and was already suspected of reckless driving. A statement from OSP does not illuminate what happened afterward, but Tillett was arrested in the Springfield area on Sunday and lodged in the Lane County Jail.

Tillett's arrest was made in connection with the fatal wreck, and he now faces charges for Manslaughter I and Driving Under the Influence of Intoxicants.

Reinert is survived by her husband, Sean Reinert and their three children. Sean is a Lieutenant at Wolf Creek Rural Fire Protection District.

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