Siobhan Reynolds, an advocate for patients with chronic pain as well as the physicians who treated them, died along with two other people when their single-engine Beechcraft Musketeer plane crashed while approaching the Vinton County Airport in Ohio, around 2 p.m. on Dec. 24.
Physician advocate Reynolds dies in plane crash
Reynolds, 50, who founded the Pain Relief Network in 2003 and was living nearby in Logan, Ohio, was pronounced dead at the scene. So was Eudora Byers, 78, the mother of the pilot, Kevin Byers, 54, who was flown to Ohio State University Medical Center in Columbus where he died the next day.
"We haven't determined a cause," said Lt. Mark Thompson of the Ohio State Highway Patrol. "It appears they were coming in for a landing."
An attorney specializing in representing healthcare professionals, Kevin Byers represented Linda Schneider, who along with her husband, Dr. Stephen Schneider, operated the Schneider Medical Clinic in Haysville, Kan. They were convicted in June 2010 of illegally distributing pain killers. The federal prosecutor in that case also sought obstruction of justice charges against Reynolds for her role in the Schneiders' defense.
Reynolds, a New York theater director, became a pain patient advocate when her ex-husband, Sean Greenwood, who suffered what was described as a connective tissue disorder, was treated by Dr. William Hurwitz of Virginia and Hurwitz became the subject of a criminal investigation and eventually was convicted in December 2004 and imprisoned. Greenwood died in 2006. The two are survived by a son, Ronan Greenwood.
Dr. Frank Fisher, a Harvard-educated physician practicing in rural Rio Dell, Calif., who also had been arrested and eventually cleared of opioid prescribing-related criminal charges, called Reynolds' death “a brutal shock.”
“She tried to improve the situation for pain patients and doctors who were being mistakenly prosecuted,” said Fisher, who spent five months in jail in 1999 before his charges were dismissed. “Though it looks to me that the situation has gotten worse for both—that's not to say she was ineffective as a person or an advocate.”
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