Oregon State Police have released the name of the wrong-way driver who caused an accident on Interstate 5 Saturday, May 19, that killed three high school girls from Eagle Point High School.
Gayle Ward, 65, of Vancouver, Washington, was identified as the driver of a red Acura who turned her vehicle around in the southbound lanes and began driving north at around 9:30 p.m. Saturday . North's vehicle collided nearly head-on with a Nissan Murano driven by Jennifer "Gisselle" Montaño, 18. Passengers in the Nissan were Luciana Tellez-Cabezas and Esmeralda Nava, both also 18. All three teens lived in White City.
Other drivers tried to help the drivers and passengers, OSP said, but all four people in the two vehicles died from their injuries.
OSP's release said Ward turned around "for unknown reasons." Capt. Tim Fox, OSP public information officer, said the agency is continuing its investigation and welcomes tips about the crash, which can be made at 541-440-3333. Those with information can reference case number SP18-181178.
A memorial fund for the families of Montaño, Tellez-Cabezas and Nava was set up at Rogue Credit Union. Donations made out to "Eagle Point Girls Memorial Fund" can be made at any Rogue Credit Union branch, by phone at 541-622-7328 or 800-856-7328. Donations can also be mailed to P.O. Box 4550, Medford, OR 97501.
The money will be distributed among the families equally, a flier from Eagle Point School District said.