Applegate fatal remains under investigation

What happened to the 17-year-old girl who was driving in a fatal crash that killed her mother in the Applegate Valley in June? The last story said she was going to be tested for drugs. Are there going to be charges filed?

— Cathy N., Medford

Senior Deputy District Attorney Tim Barnack hasn't yet determined whether there will be charges filed in connection with that fatal crash.

"I am waiting to receive a written report from Jackson County sheriffs deputies," said Barnack.

Shanelle Myrick, of the 1800 block of Kings Highway, Medford, was treated at a hospital and released after the early-morning crash on June 19

Her mother, Deeanna Lee Ruddick, 49, wasn't wearing a seat belt and died in the rollover crash at about 3:20 a.m.

Myrick was driving a two-door 1988 Toyota north on Sterling Creek Road at about 45 mph when she lost control on a curve, a preliminary investigation indicated.

The vehicle crashed into a dirt embankment and rolled onto its side.

The unposted, basic-rule speed limit in the 600 block of Sterling Creek Road where the crash happened is 55 mph, Jackson County sheriff's Sgt. Dace Cochran said.

Because Myrick was wearing a seat belt, she escaped serious injury, but Ruddick was thrown into the windshield and died, police said.

Myrick underwent routine drug and alcohol tests. Initial results show the teen did not appear to be intoxicated at the time of the accident, Barnack said.

She initially told officers that she and her mom were going to Applegate Lake. Crash reconstructionists from the Ashland and Medford police departments and the sheriff's department are still investigating.

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