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News Release
Fatal Crash - 03/16/24

On March 16, 2024, at about 1124 hours, the Grants Pass Police Dispatch received calls about a child who was struck in the parking lot of a business on Fruitdale Drive near Highway 238.  Grants Pass Police officers responded to the scene, along with first responders from the Josephine County Sheriff's Office, American Medical Response, and Grants Pass Fire/Rescue.

A five-year old female was found seriously injured in the parking lot and emergency medical aid was immediately rendered.  The child was transported to Three Rivers Medical Center by AMR.  Despite medical efforts, the girl succumbed to her injuries.  Due to her age, the name of the girl will not be released by our Department.

Grants Pass Police Detectives, along with an UAS pilot and police crash reconstructionist, took over the investigation at the scene of the crash.  With the assistance of witnesses, it was determined the vehicle that struck her was unoccupied.  The owner of the car, a 74-year old man, had parked the car and exited it in the parking lot.  He quickly realized his truck was rolling backwards and attempted to open the door and stop it from continuing its path backward.  The man was unable to stop the truck.

The truck struck the girl before coming to a rest against a parked vehicle. The owner has been cooperating with the detectives.  Alcohol and other controlled substances are not believed to be a factor at this time.

The investigation is still on-going.  Anyone with information on this incident is requested to contact the Grants Pass Police at 541-450-6260.