Grants Pass Woman Dies In 3-Car Crash Near Roseburg High

Oregon State Police have released the names of those involved in Tuesday afternoon's three-vehicle traffic crash that resulted in the death of a 53-year old Grants Pass woman at the intersection of the northbound Interstate 5 exit ramp at milepost 124 and Harvard Avenue in Roseburg. The crash occurred directly in front of Roseburg High School but didn't involve any students. According to Lieutenant Doug Ladd, at approximately 4:30 p.m. Tuesday, a 2010 Honda CRV sport utility vehicle driven by 56-year old Gail Weaver from Myrtle Creek was exiting Interstate 5, hit a curb on the west side of the off ramp and drove through some brush. The Honda struck a 2005 Subaru Legacy four-door traveling eastbound on Harvard Avenue causing the Subaru to spin and roll once before it came to rest on its wheels. The Honda continued across the intersection hitting a Nissan sport utility vehicle driven by 40-year old Eric Jenkins from Eagle Point, and then the Honda came to rest on its wheels at the high school parking lot's entrance. The Subaru's 24-year old driver, Matthew Cortez and 23-year old male passenger, G. Reinhold Prince, both from Cave Junction, were seriously injured and transported by ambulance to Mercy Medical Center. Rear seat passenger Laura Beth Cortez, 53, was transported by ambulance to the hospital and pronounced dead after arrival. Weavr was transported to Mercy Medical Center for treatment of minor injuries. There is no evidence of alcohol as a contributing factor and she is cooperating with the investigation. Jenkins and a 39-year old female passenger were not injured.

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