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CHP continues to investigate wrong-way driver fatal crash

Folsom Family

The California Highway Patrol is continuing to investigate the crash that took Ryan J. Folsom's life Sunday and they are seeking any and all information from witnesses and/or anyone who may have any dash cam video footage or information surrounding the events leading up to the collision.

Officials said at approximately 12:15 p.m., a 2009 dark gray Chevrolet Impala, driven by Grace Elizabeth Ward, was traveling the wrong-way, northbound in the southbound lanes of I-5, south of Knighton Road, at a high rate of speed.

A 2012 Honda Accord, driven by Folsom, was traveling southbound on I-5, south of Knighton Road, in the fast lane and was not able to avoid the head-on collision with the Impala.

Both Ward and Folsom received major injuries as a result of the crash and were transported to Mercy Medical Center for treatment. While at Mercy, Folsom succumbed to his injuries.

Investigators say initial investigation indicates that attempted suicide may have been a factor in the cause of the crash.

CHP said this heartbreaking loss has had a widespread impact not only in the area but in Oregon and Texas and they are working around the clock to gather the facts of the case to ensure appropriate justice is served.

Anyone with any information is encouraged to contact Investigating Officer Gerstmar at 530-225-0500.

According to a GoFundMe Page, created by a close family friend, Folsom was traveling on I-5 to attend one of several interviews lined up for residency as part of his training to become a doctor. Folsom leaves behind two boys, and his wife who is expecting their third child this month.

The GoFundMe Page was created to help provide for his wife and children saying, "The young family was all-in for his medical training and regretfully now have no means for themselves."

Folsom is described as having loved the Avengers and anything super-hero related. He loved being the super hero for his two boys and loved the idea of being a doctor and saving lives.


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