Grants Pass Man Facing Charges after Wrong Way Driver Crash on I-5
Sergey Zhura, 49, of Grants Pass is facing several criminal charges following a wrong way driver crash on Interstate 5 about four miles north of Grants Pass.
State Police were notified at 5:41 a.m. that a wrong way driver in a 1990 Ford Econoline van traveling south in the north bound lanes of the freeway was involved in a crash near milepost 63.
The van did not stop after the collision, but turned around and headed north. At 6:00 a.m. a Trooper saw the van near milepost 71 and attempted a stop, but the driver failed to yield for about six miles. He finally stopped at milepost 77, and exited the van but refused the Trooper’s verbal commands and briefly resisted before being taken into custody.
It was determined the van was going south in the northbound lanes when it sideswiped a Toyota Camry going north in the left lane next to a commercial truck. The Toyota’s woman driver attempted to avoid the van by steering right, next to the truck that was flashing it’s lights trying to get the attention of the oncoming van driver.
The Toyota’s driver was not injured and Zhura was taken to the medical center for a medical and mental evaluation. There is no evidence that alcohol was involved.
Troopers cited Zhura for reckless driving, reckless endangering, failure to perform the duties of a driver involved in a crash, 2nd degree criminal mischief, and resisting arrest.