I-5 wrong-way driver charged in fatal crash

A Grants Pass man who drove the wrong way on Interstate 5 and caused a crash that killed a 911 dispatcher from Ashland has been charged with manslaughter in her death.

Richard Webster Scott, 42, was arrested by Oregon State Police Wednesday and booked into the Jackson County Jail on charges of first-degree manslaughter, driving under the influence of intoxicants, reckless endangerment and reckless driving. His bail was set at more than $1 million, jail records show.

Scott is accused of slamming into a vehicle driven by Karen Lee Greenstein, 58, as she drove home from her shift at Emergency Communications of Southern Oregon at about 3:15 a.m. on March 27.

Police say Scott was drunk when his 2003 Dodge Grand Caravan struck Greenstein near milepost 24, which is close to the Phoenix exit. Greenstein, who was ejected from her 2006 Honda Civic, was pronounced dead at the scene by responders.

Scott was extricated from his vehicle and taken to Asante Rogue Regional Medical Center with serious injuries before being transported to Oregon Health & Science University in Portland. After his release from OHSU, he continued to be treated locally for his injuries.

OSP officials declined to release Scott's blood-alcohol level, citing it as evidence in an ongoing investigation.

"It was sufficient enough to establish probable cause for those charges," said OSP Lt. Gregg Hastings.

Greenstein won the ECSO Dispatcher of the Year award in 2011. She also volunteered for Friends of the Animal Shelter. She is survived by her husband, Bill Greenstein, and daughter, Amanda.

Reach reporter Ryan Pfeil at 541-776-4468 or rpfeil@mailtribune.com. Follow him at www.twitter.com/ryanpfeil.


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