April 24 2017
On Friday May 20th at about 7:30PM, a head-on crash occurred on O'Brien Road in Josephine County.
Preliminary information revealed a 1997 Subaru Legacy was eastbound on O'Brien Road from Highway 199 lost control on a corner and crossed the centerline (near Waldo Road). The Subaru struck an eastbound Mazda Protégé head-on.
The driver of the Subaru, Tommy E DODSON, age 69, of Cave Junction was pronounced deceased at the scene. The driver of the Mazda, Michael T KENNEDY, age 62 and his passenger Tammy L BLIND, age 51 (both of O'Brien) were both pronounced deceased on scene. A dog in the Mazda was also killed.
Speed and alcohol consumption are being considered a contributing factor in the crash. Additionally it was discovered DODSON had a suspended Oregon driver's license. The roadway was closed for about 3 hours as the Troopers from the Grants Pass Office conducted their investigation. OSP was assisted by Illinois Valley Fire. This is a preliminary release. More information will be released when it becomes available.