A Grants Pass man who drove the wrong way on Interstate 5 while allegedly drunk and caused a crash that killed a veteran 911 dispatcher from Ashland has been formally charged in her death.
Richard Webster Scott, 42, was arrested by Oregon State Police today and booked into the Jackson County Jail on charges of first-degree manslaughter, driving under the influence of intoxicants, reckless endangerment and reckless driving. A bail amount was not immediately available.
Scott is accused of slamming into a vehicle driven by Karen Lee Greenstein, 58, as she drove home from her shift at Emergency Communications of Southern Oregon at about 3:15 a.m. March 27.
Police say Scott was drunk when he drove his 2003 Dodge Grand Caravan northbound in I-5's southbound lanes near milepost 24. Greenstein was ejected from her 2006 Honda Civic when both vehicles collided. She was pronounced dead at the scene by responders.
Scott was extricated from his vehicle and taken to Asante Rogue Regional Medical Center with serious injuries before he was transported to Oregon Health & Science University.
OSP, the Jackson County Sheriff's Department and Jackson County Fire District No. 5 responded to the crash. During an accident reconstruction team's initial investigation, police closed I-5 for eight hours between Medford and Talent exits.
Greenstein won the ECSO Dispatcher of the Year award in 2011. She was also nominated several times for the Association of Public-Safety Communications Officials International Public Safety Communications Telecommunicator of the Year. She also volunteered for Friends of the Animal Shelter. She is survived by her husband, Bill Greenstein, and daughter, Amanda.
— Ryan Pfeil