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Victim of Head-On Crash Leaves Behind Pregnant Wife & Two Kids

We're learning more about the victim in a crash in Redding Sunday afternoon.

Posted: Jan 8, 2018 6:21 PM
Updated: Jan 8, 2018 11:15 PM

REDDING, Calif. - A man who grew up in Medford has died in a head-on crash in Redding.

California Highway Patrol confirmed details of the crash.

It happened Sunday.

A CHP officer says a woman - identified as Grace Ward - began driving northbound in the southbound lanes on I-5.

Highway Patrol says ward crashed into another car head-on.

The driver in the other car was identified as a 29-year-old Medford man, Ryan Folsom.

Highway Patrol says Ward's car overturned and came to rest on the center median.

Annie Garcia, a Sergeant for California Highway Patrol says, “We got reports of a wrong way driver vehicle went through the center divider of the southbound 5 south of Knighton road. Shortly after that, we got a call of a vehicle collision with a car on fire.”

Ward was taken to the hospital with non-life threatening injuries.

A report from California Highway Patrol says Ward may have been suicidal but they're still investigating.

The victim in this crash, Ryan Folsom, grew up in Medford.

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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