February 24 2018
On Sunday at approximately 5:45pm, Oregon State Police Troopers responded to a single vehicle fatal rollover crash on Plumtree Lane in Merlin, Oregon; which is in Josephine County.
The initial investigation revealed that the driver, 23 year old Ryan Justin PAVLICH, from Grants Pass, was driving a 2006 Dodge Stratus northbound on Plumtree Lane when for an unknown reason left the roadway, impacting a tree before coming to rest on the west side of the road. The driver, PAVLICH received no injuries and was not transported to a hospital. One passenger, 24 year old Falyn R. GILCHRIST, from Grants Pass received no injuries, but was transported for precautionary reasons. The second passenger, 48 year old, Kirk Anthony MCGRATH, from Grants Pass, was pronounced deceased at the scene by medical personnel.
PAVLICH showed signs of impairment and a DUII investigation was conducted. PAVLICH was arrested for DUII, Manslaughter 2, Assault 3, Reckless Driving, Reckless endangering and lodged in the Josephine County Jail.
The Oregon State Police was assisted by the Josephine County Rural Metro Fire Department, American Medical Response, Josephine County Sheriff's Office and the Josephine County District Attorney's Office.