Selma woman dies after Monday night crash on Highway 199

Oregon State Police is continuing the investigation into a Monday evening crash on Highway 199 about four miles north of Cave Junction that resulted in the death of a 68-year-old Selma woman and injuries to three other people.

At about 6 p.m. Monday, a 2004 Subaru Legacy station wagon driven by Ruark Miller, 24, of Cave Junction, was southbound on Highway 199 near milepost 25 when the car crossed the center line and crashed head-on into a northbound 1984 Dodge pickup driven by David Wonderling, 48, of Selma. A fire started in the pickup and was extinguished by people who stopped at the scene to help, OSP Sgt. Jeff Proulx reported.

Miller was taken by American Medical Response ambulance to Asante Three Rivers Medical Center in Grants Pass with non-life-threatening injuries. He was not using safety restraints, OSP reported.

Wonderling and his 12-year-old daughter, Kaitlyn Smith, who was in the pickup with him, also were taken by ambulance to Three Rivers. Both were treated and released, OSP reported.

A second passenger in the pickup identified as Joyce Ellen Willson, 68, of Selma, was transported by air ambulance to Sacred Heart Medical Center at RiverBend in Springfield. She died from injuries sustained in the crash. Safety restraint use by these occupants is pending confirmation, police reported.

Troopers from the Grants Pass work site are continuing the investigation into the cause of the crash. The Josephine County District Attorney's Office is helping with the investigation. Also assisting at the crash were the Illinois Valley Fire District and Oregon Department of Transportation.

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