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Woman charged in hit-and-run crash that injured man on Highway 66

 Posted: 5:20 PM September 30, 2013

A Nevada woman has been arrested on a hit-and-run driving charge for allegedly striking and seriously injuring an Alaska man found hurt along Highway 66 near the Greensprings this morning, authorities said.

Greensprings Fire District personnel originally were called about 8 a.m. to the 11000 block of Highway 66 near Hyatt Lake Road by a report of a man down on the side of the road, the Jackson County Sheriff's Department said in a news release.

They found Richard Conley, 45, who had suffered leg and torso injuries, deputies said.

Ninety minutes later, sheriff's deputies were called in to investigate.

Conley was taken by ambulance to the Rogue Regional Medical Center, where he was listed late this afternoon in serious condition, deputies said.

Sheriff's investigators, along with Oregon State Police investigators, eventually were led to Beth K. Smith, 38, of Nevada, who was taken into custody on the felony charge. She was lodged at the Jackson County Jail on $25,000 bail.

Investigators believe Smith was driving a 2014 model Jeep Grand Cherokee that struck Conley on the roadway, deputies said.

Lt. Christine Bronson, the sheriff's department spokeswoman, this afternoon did not know what information led investigators to the Cherokee and Smith.

More charges are possible as the investigation continues, deputies said.

— Mark Freeman

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