Woman accused in deadly wrong-way crash facing several murder charges

The Shasta County district attorney says the woman purposefully drove into traffic in an attempt to kill herself.

Posted: Jan 31, 2018 7:02 PM
Updated: Jan 31, 2018 7:03 PM

The Shasta County District Attorney says the woman accused of crashing into and killing an Oregon man after driving the wrong way on Interstate 5 will be facing criminal charges for her actions.

28-year-old Grace Elizabeth Ward of Red Bluff was arrested Tuesday for the incident which happened January 7.

Ward was hospitalized since the crash and was released to the CHP and booked into the Shasta County Jail.

District attorney Stephanie Bridgett says ward purposefully plowed through a guardrail to gain access to the other side of the freeway.

She reportedly then waited on the side of the road for seven minutes before turning her vehicle around and driving head on into traffic.

She attempted to ram three other vehicles in an attempt to kill herself before hitting and killing 29-year-old Ryan Folsom of Oregon.

“Ward made a choice that day to use her vehicle to try to kill herself,” Bridgett said. “Her choice was very selfish, and the method she used has been determined to be criminal. Her actions demonstrated a complete disregard for human life and ultimately did result in taking a human life, that being or Ryan Folsom.”

Bridgett says Ward will face one count of murder for Folsom’s death, three counts of attempted murder for three other vehicles she drove towards, three counts of assault of with a deadly weapon and one felony count of vandalism for purposely destroying a guard rail.

Ward is expected to be arraigned Wednesday afternoon at 1:30.

She’s being held on $1.5 million bond.

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