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  • UPDATED: Police release names of those involved in fatal crash in Ashland

  • Ashland police have released the identities of a man killed in a traffic crash Wednesday night and his female passenger who was seriously injured.
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  • Updated: 12:10 p.m. Ashland police have released the identities of a man killed in a traffic crash Wednesday night and his female passenger who was seriously injured.
    Salvatore Antonio Pippa III, 33, of Ashland, was pronounced dead at the scene of a traffic crash on the corner of Ashland Street and Siskiyou Boulevard. His passsenger, 36-year-old Christine Lee Kuehu of Ashland, was transported to Asante Rogue Regional Medical Center with serious injuries.
    Police say Pippa had been driving a 2000 Mercedes SUV and had been attempting to make a left turn onto Ashland Street from Siskiyou Boulevard. The vehicle sheared through a power pole and slammed into a building.
    The cause of the crash remains under investigation. Excessive speed is believed to have played a factor, police said.
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