FATAL CRASH ON HIGHWAY 199 IN JOSEPHINE COUNTY, OREGON

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JOSEPHINE COUNTY, OR (May 24, 2022) - The Oregon State Police is reporting that on Monday, May 23, 2022 at about 10:29 AM, OSP Troopers were dispatched to a motor vehicle crash at milepost 19 on Highway 199 near Selma.

The preliminary investigation revealed a northbound white Volkswagen Bug, operated by Jesse Kozechen (29) of Brazil, swerved to avoid traffic that had slowed for a turning vehicle. The operator over-corrected and lost control, sliding into the southbound lane where it collided with a Ford Escape, operated by Eileen Huss (62) of Selma. 

Kozechen sustained fatal injuries and was pronounced deceased.

Huss was transported with injuries. Huss’s two-year-old passenger was uninjured. 

Highway 199 was closed for two hours while the Oregon State Police Collision Reconstruction Unit investigated the scene. 

OSP was assisted by AMR, Josephine County Sheriff’s Office, Illinois Valley Fire Department and ODOT. 

 

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