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Crash kills Ashland man, Grants Pass woman

An Ashland man and Grants Pass woman were killed Friday night when the vehicle they were passengers in struck a parked vehicle on Highland Avenue in Grants Pass.

According to Oregon State Police, a 1998 Ford F150 was traveling south on Highland Avenue when it sideswiped a semi-trailer truck parked on the right shoulder near the intersection of Merlin Road. The Ford pickup continued south on Highland Avenue for approximately 400 feet, OSP said, before coming to a stop on the right shoulder of the roadway near the intersection of Donaldson Road.

Police said the driver of the Ford fled the scene. The front passenger, Megan L. Becklund, 32, of Grants Pass, and the rear passenger, Jeremy C. Pearson, 36, of Ashland, were both pronounced dead at the scene by medical personnel.

The driver has been identified, but OSP said in order to avoid compromising the investigation, his name was being withheld.

—Local report