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Ashland wrong-way crash claims life of White City man

A White City man was among the two people who died in the wrong-way crash that temporarily closed the freeway near Ashland.

Cesar Beltran, 25, of White City, was headed southbound on Interstate 5 before sunrise Tuesday morning driving a Kia Spectra sedan between the two Ashland exits when he encountered a Chevrolet Malibu sedan driving north in the southbound lanes.

The Chevrolet, driven by 59-year-old Angela Chin-Hugh of Kent, Washington, collided with Beltran’s sedan at 5:35 a.m. north of I-5 milepost 15, according to a release issued Tuesday evening.

The fatal crash has already prompted an outpour of donations for Beltran’s wife and young child.

A GoFundMe page for Beltran’s wife and young daughter was more than 80% of the way towards a $10,000 goal as of Wednesday morning.

The $8,530 from 121 donations as of Wednesday morning included $500 from the Ortega family with the local nonprofit LIFEArt, where Beltran’s wife volunteered and is a mentor.

To make a donation, see gofundme.com/f/funeral-expenses-for-cesar-beltran.