Driver dies, passenger injured in Highway 199 crash

Local report

Oregon State Police say one man died and a second was critically injured in a crash at about 1:20 a.m. Saturday on Highway 199, about 12 miles west of Grants Pass.

OSP said a preliminary investigation revealed that a 2003 Ford F350 was traveling southbound on Highway 199, when it left the road, striking a large oak tree and coming to rest facing northbound. The driver, Kory Firestenberg, 23, of Josephine County, was ejected and died from his injuries. The passenger, Talon Schieffer, 23, also from Josephine County, was transported to Three Rivers Medical Center in Grants Pass with critical injuries.

Witnesses reported seeing the truck being operated at high speeds and being driven recklessly prior to the crash. Alcohol and speed are believed to contributing factors in the crash.

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