JACKSON COUNTY, Ore. (KOIN) — A 65-year-old woman died Friday after she crashed her car into the Rogue River, Oregon State Police said.
An OSP Trooper responding to the report of a possible vandalism to a mailbox noticed fresh skid marks and other evidence to suggest a car had struck the mailbox and went down the embankment into the river.
Officials couldn’t see a vehicle, so the Jackson County Sheriff’s Office responded with a marine patrol boat. They quickly located a submerged vehicle a quarter mile downstream and also determined there was a deceased occupant inside.
Due to the darkness, officials determined it would be safer to remove the vehicle in the morning, however, a trooper stayed on scene.
On Saturday morning, crews removed the 1998 Subaru Legacy from the river and identified the driver as Melinda A. Fluck of Gold Hill.
According to the preliminary investigation, Fluck was traveling southbound on Rogue River Highway when she drifted on the east shoulder, overcorrected — causing her to cross both lanes and over the embankment into the river.
This is an ongoing investigation.