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Driver arrested in Oregon crash that killed 5 had history of drunk driving

An Oregon man with a history of drunk driving was arrested for a crash that killed a mother and four young children.

On Sunday, Oregon State Police arrested Favian Garcia, 27, on a highway in Marion County about a mile north of Salem. 

He was driving northbound in a Land Rober when he hit a Buick Century driven by 25-year-old Lisette Medrano-Perez. They were both negotiating a corner when Garcia drifted into the wrong lane and collided with the woman head-on, according to reports. 

She and her kids ages  4, 6 and 8 along with her 2-year-old niece were all killed.

Garcia only had minor injuries. 

He was charged with five counts of manslaughter, felony DUII, reckless driving and driving with a suspended license. 

The Oregonian reports that he was convicted of DUII in 2011 and arrested on suspicion of the same crime. 

He already had outstanding warrants at the time of his arrest.

A GoFundMe campaign has been set up to cover funeral costs for the family who suffered this tragic loss. 

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