TMarion County, Ore. - Sad news out of Marion County this morning. Favian R. Garcia operating a Land Rover while under the influence of intoxicants kills 5 in a head on crash. Garcia collided with a Buick Century driven by Lisette Medrano-Perez. Perez and her four children (ages 2-8) were killed in the impact.
Garcia is lodged at the Marion County Jail under 5 counts of manslaughter, felony DUII, reckless driving, driving while suspended and unrelated warrants.
Our thoughts are with the Medrano-Perez family as they grieve over this senseless and unnecessary loss of life.
If you are under the influence of any impairing drug or alcohol, please do not drive. Call a friend, call a cab or just sleep it off - but DO NOT DRIVE. More often than not, when you crash, the life you take will not be your own.
On October 9, 2017 at 7:54 AM, Garcia was lodged at the Marion County Jail on the below alleged charges (in relation to the fatal crash)
1. Manslaughter I (5 counts)
2. Felony Driving While Under the influence of Intoxicants
3. Reckless Driving
4. Misdemeanor Driving While Suspended
5. and an outstanding unrelated Marion County Warrants
On October 8, 2017 at 4:41 PM, Oregon State Police and emergency responders were dispatched to a two vehicle head-on crash on 99E and Nevada Street. The crash resulted in five fatalities from one vehicle.
The preliminary investigation indicates the two vehicles involved were a northbound Landrover, driven by Favian R. Garcia (age 27 from Gervais, Oregon) and a southbound Buick Century, driven by Lisette Medrano-Perez (age 25 from Molalla). While the two vehicles were negotiating a corner, the two vehicles collided headed-on.
Lisette Medrano-Perez was pronounced deceased at the scene. Her vehicle was occupied by her four children and they were pronounced deceased at the scene as well. Their ages were: eight (male), six (male), four (female), two (female). Garcia had minor injuries and was transported to a local area hospital.
The cause of the crash is still under investigation. The Oregon State Police was assisted by Marion County Sheriff's Office, Oregon Department of Transportation, Kaiser Police Department, Marion County Fire District, and the Marion County District Attorney's Office.
Anyone with witness information, who has not spoken with police, please call the Oregon State Police at (800) 452-7888.
** UPDATE #1**
Oregon State Police confirmed there are five deceased victims in this crash. The victims are from one vehicle and once next of kin is completed we anticipate we will release more information.
On October 8, 2017 at approximately 4:30 PM, Oregon State Police and emergency responders were notified of two vehicle multi-fatality crash on 99E and Nevada in Marion County. This crash is one mile North of the city of Salem.
The road is currently closed for the investigation and ODOT has established a detour. Flashalert will be updated as information is available. No photos are available at tis time.