Selma woman dies in Hwy. 199 crash

Officials with the Oregon State Police are investigating 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 centerline 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.

A 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 suffered in the crash. Police did not say whether people in the pickup were wearing seatbelts.

Wonderling and his 12-year-old daughter, Kaitlyn Smith, were taken by ambulance to Asante Three Rivers Medical Center in Grants Pass. Both were treated and released, OSP reported.

Miller also was taken by ambulance to Three Rivers with nonlife-threatening injuries. He was not using safety restraints, OSP said.

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


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