A young mother died after a head-on collision on Wards Creek Road Monday night, but her baby, safely restrained in a child safety seat, was uninjured.

Scarlet Delight O’Hara Ackroyd, 22, of the 1200 block of Burbridge Drive, Rogue River, died at Providence Medford Medical Center after her 1994 Toyota Camry was struck by a 1994 Toyota 4Runner, the Jackson County Sheriff’s Department reported.

The driver of the 4Runner, Jacob Matthew Ries, 21, of Rogue River, reportedly was trying to pass another vehicle and block it when he collided with Ackroyd.

Residents in the 700 block of Wards Creek Road heard the crash and called 9-1-1 shortly after 8 p.m. Monday, Detective Sgt. Colin Fagan said. Rogue River Fire District No. 1 worked at length to free Ackroyd from her crushed car and rushed her to the hospital in Medford, where efforts to save her failed. An autopsy is set for today.

Ries was taken to Three Rivers Community Hospital in Grants Pass by a private vehicle. Authorities said he was treated and released.

He cooperated with investigators and provided blood and urine samples for drug and alcohol testing. Substance use isn’t suspected as a cause of the crash, Fagan said.

Work to determine the speeds of the involved vehicles is ongoing, but rainy conditions at the time of the crash left little evidence on the roadway. Mechanical inspections to make sure lights, brakes and other systems were working on all the involved vehicles also are planned, Fagan said.

Fagan said Ries and his girlfriend, Bobbi Ann Krouse, 20, of Medford, had a fight and she left, with him in pursuit. He passed her car and tried to get her to stop, but she went around him, so he continued after her and was passing again when the crash with Ackroyd happened.

The investigation is ongoing.

— Anita Burke