Alleged driver who ran from this morning's crash now in police custody

Police this evening have arrested the driver of a pickup truck they suspect hit a van of workers headed to a reforestation project, killing one worker and injuring three others.

Leta Schroeder, 34, allegedly abandoned her truck and fled on foot from the scene of the 3:40 a.m. crash at the intersection of Crater Lake and North Pacific highways, police said.

Schroeder, who is also known as Leta Ortiz, was taken into custody this evening in White City, Medford police Chief Tim George said this evening. Sheis still being interviewed by police and has not been lodged in the Jackson County Jail, he said.

When she was found, she was suffering from injuries police believe she sustained in the crash, George said.

The crash occurred when Schroeder's truck traveled west on Crater Lake Highway and struck the passenger van traveling north on North Pacific Highway through the intersection, police said.

Witnesses said the truck ran a red light, but that had not yet been confirmed, police said.

The van was knocked on its side, spraying pieces of both vehicles across the pavement, authorities said.

The van was carrying seven crew members from Pacific Coast Contracting out of Central Point, police said.

One victim was pronounced dead at Providence Medford Medical Center, where a second victim was listed today in critical condition, police said. The other two victims were listed today in serious but stable condition at Rogue Valley Medical Center, police said.

Their names have not been released.

— Mark Freeman

Correction: The headline of this story has been updated.

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