Oregon authorities arrested a man for driving under the influence and multiple manslaughter charges after a mother and four children were killed in a head on collision near Salem on Sunday afternoon.
The deceased victims are Lizette Medrano-Perez, 25, her three small children — ages 4, 6, and 8 — and her 2-year-old niece. All five were pronounced dead at the scene following the 4:30 p.m. crash, KGW reports.
Favian Garcia, 27, hit Medrano-Perez’s Buick Century head-on with his Land Rover.
Garcia suffered only minor injuries following the collision. He was treated at a local hospital, then arrested on a felony DUII (Driving Under the Influence of Intoxicants), reckless driving, five counts of manslaughter, and driving while suspended.
ABC News reports that Garcia has had DUII’s in the past. In addition to these charges, he also had warrants out for failure to appear on a DUII citation in July.
In August 2011, he was cited with a DUII. In June 2013, he was charged with third-degree escape and interfering with a parole officer.
Oregon State Police are still investigating the cause of the crash.
Medrano-Perez, her three children, and her neice, are remembered by friends and family as “loving” and “amazing.” Her friend of over 1o years, Maria Segoviano, said the family will be missed.
“She was such a loving mother. She was very outgoing, charismatic and she always had this smile on her face…They were amazing children.”
The 8-year-old and 6-year-old both attended Molalla Elementary. Molalla River School District Superintendent Tony Mann said he made sure the school prepared the proper resources by Monday morning for children who may need them.
“We had a number of children right away with broken hearts needing extra support. So I’m grateful that we had the additional counselors there to support them.”
A GoFundMe page has been created to help the family pay for funeral expenses.
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