JOSEPHINE COUNTY, OR - (June 2, 2023) - On Thursday, June 1, 2023, at approximately 11:45 A.M., the Oregon State Police responded to a two-vehicle crash on Highway 199, near milepost 5.5, in Josephine County.
The preliminary investigation indicated a black Ford Fusion, operated by Courtney L. Parsons (26) of Rogue River, was southbound in the fast lane. A white GMC Sierra, operated by Ervin Besler (87) of Grants Pass, failed to properly clear traffic while turning left from Robinson Road onto northbound Highway 199. The Fusion impacted the driver side of the GMC in a T-bone collision.
The operator of the GMC (Besler) was declared deceased on scene.
The operator of the Ford (Parsons) was transported by AMR to the hospital. Two passengers in the Ford, John D. McCollum (25) of Myrtle Point and Matthew J. Balise (19) of West Springfield (MA), were also transported by AMR to the hospital.
The highway was impacted for approximately 3.5 hours while the on-scene investigation was conducted.
OSP was assisted by AMR, Rural Metro Fire, and ODOT.