GRANTS PASS, Ore. -- State and local authorities are reviewing whether proper procedures were followed when someone called 911 to report a late-night car crash in Southern Oregon, but nobody was sent until a couple of hours later, when the driver was discovered dead.
Jim Smith of Cave Junction told The Grants Pass Daily Courier he heard the Oct. 5 crash and ran to investigate.
When he described the scene to a dispatcher and a state trooper, he said the car was heavily damaged, but the driver was nowhere to be seen.
No police or rescue personnel were dispatched until later, when someone else reported finding a body. It apparently was ejected when the car rolled over.
An autopsy indicates the driver, 64-year-old Steven Michael Rubins of Cave Junction, died on impact.