Medford man jailed in California for crash that killed passenger

A Medford man who was the driver in a fatal wreck on Interstate 5 near Willows, Calif., in February is now lodged in the Glenn County Jail awaiting trial on charges of vehicular manslaughter and driving under the influence of drugs.

Thomas Shawn Drummond, 24, was arrested in Medford Dec. 9 and taken to jail in Willows on a warrant charging him for his role in a Feb. 18 crash that killed Jessica D. Cano, 24, of Medford. Drummond and two other Rogue Valley men — Drew Brown, 43, of Central Point, and Casey Brooks, 28, of Medford — were injured in the crash and taken to Enloe Medical Center in Chico, Calif.

The California Highway Patrol reported that Drummond, en route from San Francisco to Medford, was driving a Chevy Suburban that drifted off the right side of Interstate 5. When he tried to regain control, the vehicle swerved across both northbound lanes into the center median, spun and overturned several times, finally landing on its passenger side, police said.

Cano and Brooks, who weren't wearing safety belts and appeared to be sleeping in the rear seats of the Suburban, both were tossed from the vehicle, police said. Brooks was airlifted to the hospital in Chico, but Cano died at the scene of the crash.

A CHP officer told the Willows Journal newspaper that when Drummond was released from the hospital, he returned to Medford, then tried to fight extradition back to Glenn County to face charges stemming from the crash. A warrant was issued, resulting in his arrest here in Medford this month.

Prosecutors alleged that Drummond had used marijuana and methamphetamine in the hours prior to the crash. They also filed a charge to enhance the penalty because multiple people were injured in a single incident and added four counts of inflicting serious bodily harm on others during the commission of a felony. He was also charged with driving without a license.

He was arraigned and pleaded not guilty on Dec. 11. A preliminary hearing set for this week has been reset for Feb. 3. Bail is set at $221,000.

Reach reporter Anita Burke at 776-4485, or e-mail

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