Fatal crash in rural Hillsboro leads to driver's arrest
A 24-year-old man died in a single-vehicle crash south of Hillsboro early Saturday morning, July 25, and the 23-year-old driver is facing felony charges in his death.
Deputies with the Washington County Sheriff's Office say they believe Edelmir Mata-Garcia had been drinking before the crash, which was reported just after 2 a.m. Saturday. Mata-Garcia apparently lost control of his vehicle while speeding southbound on Southwest River Road, south of Highway 10 — also signed as Southwest Farmington Road — and crashed into a tree.
Carlos Gonzalez-Tapia, the passenger in the vehicle, was pronounced dead at the scene.
Mata-Garcia suffered minor injuries in the crash. He was hospitalized at OHSU Hospital in Portland.
Mata-Garcia was later arrested for second-degree manslaughter, driving under the influence of intoxicants and reckless driving, the Washington County Sheriff's Office said Sunday, July 26. He was booked into the Washington County Jail.
The crash remains under investigation.
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