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  • Woman charged with hit-and-run driving

    Accident victim Richard Conley, 45, of Nevada, was in serious but stable condition at Asante Rogue Regional Medical Center
  • A Nevada woman was arrested on a hit-and-run driving charge Monday for allegedly striking and seriously injuring an Alaska man found hurt along Highway 66 near the Greensprings, authorities said.
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  • A Nevada woman was arrested on a hit-and-run driving charge Monday for allegedly striking and seriously injuring an Alaska man found hurt along Highway 66 near the Greensprings, authorities said.
    Greensprings Fire District personnel originally were called at about 8 a.m. Monday to the 11000 block of Highway 66 near Hyatt Lake Road, where a man lay injured at the side of the highway, according to the Jackson County Sheriff's Department.
    They found Richard Conley, 45, who had suffered leg and torso injuries, deputies said.
    Ninety minutes later, sheriff's deputies were called in to investigate.
    Conley was taken by ambulance to the Asante Rogue Regional Medical Center, where he was listed Monday in serious condition but stable, deputies said.
    Sheriff's and Oregon State Police investigators eventually were led to Beth K. Smith, 38, of Nevada, who was taken into custody on the felony charge. She was lodged at the Jackson County Jail on $25,000 bail.
    Investigators believe Smith was driving a 2014 model Jeep Grand Cherokee that struck Conley on the roadway, deputies said.
    Lt. Christine Bronson, the sheriff's department spokeswoman, said late Monday she did not know what information led investigators to the Cherokee and Smith.
    More charges were possible as the investigation continues, deputies said.
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