Dispatcher Killed in Medford Drunk Driving Crash

Date: March 27, 2014
Location: I-5, Medford
Names: Karen Lee Greenstein, Richard Webster Scott

One woman is dead and a man is reported to be in serious condition following a head on collision on I-5 on Thursday, March 27, 2014.

Police report that 32-year-old Richard Webster Scott of Grants Pass was driving northbound in the southbound lane when he collided head on with another vehicle. The other vehicle was a 2006 Honda Civic driven by 58-year-old Karen Lee Greenstein of Ashland. It was reported that Greenstein was driving home from a shift as an emergency dispatcher when the accident occurred.

Greenstein died at the scene of the accident, after being ejected from her vehicle. Scott was taken to Rogue Valley Medical Center, and where he was reported to have serious injuries.

Police are reporting that alcohol played a factor in the crash, and the possibility of criminal charges is being investigated. At this time, the criminal investigation continues.

We would like to express our deepest condolences to the family and friends of Karen Lee Greenstein. We are sure that her loss will be felt severely by them, as well as by the people of Emergency Communications of Southern Oregon. She was a credit to her community and we are certain she will be solely missed. Our thoughts are with you all.

Drunk driving accidents are horrible because they could have been prevented by good sense, though this is little consolation to a victim’s family. Wrongful death claims for fatal drunk driving accidents are legally complex and can be restricted by very strict time limits (as little as one year to file the appropriate notices).

If someone you love has been killed by a drunk driver, you may be able to get compensation in a few ways:

  • You may be able to file a claim with the auto insurance of the at-fault driver.
  • You may be able to file a claim with the decedent’s insurance (if it was a hit-and-run crash, or the at-fault driver did not have insurance).
  • You may be able to file a claim against the establishment or person that supplied the alcohol to the drunk driver through a Dram Shop Notice.

A Dram Shop Notice allows you to hold responsible whoever served and continued to serve alcohol to the drunk driver after they were visibly intoxicated, or whoever served alcohol to someone who is underage. This could be a bar, nightclub, restaurant, or any establishment that sells alcohol.

These establishments are required to properly train their employees to act in accordance with the OLCC’s guidelines. They should not be allowed to do otherwise. A Dram Shop Notice is a special letter that tells the establishment that they are being held accountable for failing to follow these guidelines. In a fatal accident, the Dram Shop Notice must be received within one year of the accident that caused the death.

Let an Oregon wrongful death attorney who is familiar with the law regarding drunk driving accidents help you through this difficult time, so that you can focus on your family. For more information about wrongful death claims, please order our free guide, Oregon Wrongful Deaths: A Family Guide to the Civil Justice System After the Death of a Loved One.


About Sean DuBois

Sean is a personal injury attorney in Portland, OR. He has been recognized by Super Lawyers Magazine as Oregon Rising Stars for the past four years because of his dedication to justice and fair compensation for his clients. If you need to speak with a lawyer about your injury case, Sean can be reached at 503-222-4411.

Posted on March 31, 2014, in Car Accidents, Drunk Driving, Portland personal injury attorneys and tagged , . Bookmark the permalink. Leave a comment.

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