Head on crash Hwy 199 - Josephine County

Oregon State Police - 11/24/18 

On Friday, November 23, 2018 at approximately 7:20 pm, Oregon State Police Troopers and emergency personnel responded to the report of a two vehicle crash on Hwy 199 near milepost 22 near Selma, OR.

Preliminary investigation revealed that a white 2005 Toyota Corolla, operated by Briana Varela (27) of Rogue River, OR was traveling southbound on Hwy 199 when for unknown reasons crossed into the northbound lanes of travel and struck a northbound maroon 2018 Nissan Versa, operated by Elizabeth Real of the United Kingdom.

Varela was transported to Three Rivers Medical Center before being flown to Harborview Medical Center in Seattle, Washington, where she was pronounced deceased from injuries sustained in the crash.

Real was transported to Three Rivers Medical Center and later flown to Riverbend Hospital in Eugene with serious injuries.  Her passenger Kelly Karaba of Arcata, CA. was flown to Rogue Regional Medical Center with serious injuries.

VARELA was reported as a reckless driver approximately 16 miles prior to the crash scene. Investigators would like to speak to anyone who witnessed the driving behavior or the crash.

Anyone with information can call the Oregon State Police dispatch at 541-776-6111 or OSP and reference CASE #SP18-435402