Blood alcohol of driver charged with killing mom, kids was 4 times legal limit
SALEM, Ore. (AP) – The Latest on a fatal crash that killed a woman and four children near Salem (all times local):
Investigators say an Oregon man arrested after a crash Sunday that killed a woman and four children had a blood-alcohol level nearly four times the legal limit.
The Statesman Journal reported Tuesday that a judge deemed Favian Garcia “a danger to the public if released” and ordered him held without bail.
Authorities say Lisette Medrano-Perez was driving to Salem with her three children and 2-year-old niece when the crash happened. All five family members died at the scene.
According to a probable cause statement, Garcia’s blood-alcohol content after the crash was 0.318.
Documents say troopers at the hospital where Garcia was taken for minor injuries said Garcia smelled of alcohol, had glassy eyes and that he slurred his words.
It wasn’t immediately clear if Garcia has an attorney.
Authorities have identified the four children under age nine who were allegedly killed by a drunken driver Sunday near Salem.
Oregon State Police said Tuesday that 8-year-old Ivan Ricardo Medrano-Contreras, 6-year-old Andrus Medrano-Contreras, 4-year-old Dayanara Medrano-Perez and 2-year-old Angelina Vazquez-Crisp were killed in addition to 25-year-old Lisette Medrano-Perez of Molalla.
Authorities say Lisette Medrano-Perez was the mother to the three older children and an aunt and temporary legal guardian to the youngest child.
Police say the crash happened Sunday afternoon when a Land Rover driven by 27-year-old Favian R. Garcia of Gervais collided with Buick Century driven by Lisette Medrano-Perez. She and the four children died at the scene.
Garcia, who had minor injuries, was arrested Monday on suspicion of manslaughter and other charges.
He was scheduled to appear in court Tuesday afternoon.