A motorist was killed and another is in jail after a rollover crash on Interstate 5 Saturday night that authorities later determined was a hit-and-run.
The crash was reported at 8:21 p.m. at milepost 59, near the north Grants Pass interchange.
Oregon State Police said an investigation determined that a 2000 Volkswagen Jetta was southbound when it was rear-ended by another car, causing the Jetta to flip and collide with a guardrail.
Firefighters said the Jetta actually came to rest against a fence along Northwest Vine Street. The driver, 62-year-old Kim Parsley of Glendale, had to be extricated by firefighters and later died from his injuries.
His passenger, 18-year-old Ashlan Parsley, suffered serious injuries in the crash but was able to free herself from the wreckage. She was taken to Asante Three Rivers Medical Center.
According to OSP, about 20 minutes after the crash, a state trooper who had been at the scene stopped a vehicle about a mile away for lighting violations. The trooper then realized the vehicle, a 2010 Subaru Legacy, had been involved in the crash on the freeway.
The driver of the Subaru, 28-year-old Lindsey Johnson of Grants Pass, was subsequently lodged in the Josephine County Jail.
It was not clear from OSP whether authorities realized at the scene that the Jetta crashed because it had been rear-ended or whether troopers put it together after the traffic stop on the Subaru.
According to jail records, Johnson was booked on suspicion of first-degree manslaughter, reckless driving, second-degree assault, and felony hit and run.