CHP: Wrong way driver in I-5 fatal head-on crash may have been suicidal
REDDING, Calif. - According to the California Highway Patrol, one person is dead and another injured after a head-on crash on I-5 near Knighton Road in Redding.
According to a CHP officer on scene, 28-year-old Grace Elizabeth Ward from Red Bluff, was driving a gray Chevy Impala traveling northbound on I-5, in the area of Knighton Road, when she went through the center median and began driving northbound in the southbound lanes.
CHP said that's when Ward's vehicle struck a maroon 2012 Honda Accord, driven by Ryan John Folsom, 29, from San Antonio, Texas, sending the vehicle into a ditch on the right hand shoulder of I-5.
The Chevy Impala landed in the center median and caught fire.
The California Highway Patrol said Folsom succumbed to his injuries after being transported to Mercy Medical Center. Ward is reported to be at Mercy Medical Center, being treated for a broken leg.
According to the California Highway Patrol, preliminary reports indicate the driver of the Chevrolet may have been suicidal at the time; however, the incident remains under investigation.
The CHP added there was only one person in each vehicle.
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.