Father of 3, aspiring doctor killed in wrong-way crash on I-5
REDDING, Calif. —
On January 7, 2018, Ryan Folsom was driving southbound on Interstate 5 to attend one of several interviews lined up for residency as part of his training to become a doctor. He was killed when the car he was traveling in was hit by a wrong-way driver.
The California Highway Patrol is investigating that driver, 28-year-old Grace Elizabeth Ward, as a possible suicidal driver, according to preliminary reports. Ward is recovering from a broken leg.
Ryan was taken to Mercy Medical Center in Redding where he succumbed to his injuries.
As a husband, father, and aspiring doctor, Ryan leaves behind two sons, a 4-year-old and 2-year-old, along with his wife who is expecting their third child this month.
A close friend of the Folsom Family, Ian Cropper, said Ryan was like a brother to him. Cropper said the Folsom family's dreams were finally falling into place but have come to an abrupt halt.
"Just a quality person, evidence of that is how he wanted to be a doctor. He, in every capacity, wanted to be a force for good for people, so whether that was in the capacity of being a doctor or a husband, those were things that really made him excited," Cropper said of Ryan's character.
Cropper made a Go-Fund-Me page to help the family. He said while they'll never be able to replace Ryan, this can help put the family on track towards the life Ryan was aiming to provide for them.
You can find the family's page here.