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Tristan Isaac Goodwin, an NHS graduate, arraigned on Jan. 8 in Marion County Circuit Court

COURTESY PHOTO: SALEM POLICE DEPARTMENT - Tristan Isaac Goodwin, 19, was arraigned last week in Marion County Circuit Court on charges of second-degree manslaughter, third-degree assault and reckless driving. A Newberg-area man is behind bars this week after a deadly car crash in Salem last year killed one person.

Tristan Isaac Goodwin, 19, was arraigned last week in Marion County Circuit Court on charges of second-degree manslaughter, third-degree assault and reckless driving. Judge Pro Tem Jodie Bureta presided over the proceedings after Goodwin turned himself in to police on Jan. 7.

The charges follow a long investigation into an Aug. 7 car crash in Salem. According to the Salem Police Department, Goodwin was driving westbound along Mildred Lane Southeast in a Subaru Impreza at around 10 p.m. Aug. 7. He allegedly failed to stop at a stop sign at Liberty Road and struck a Saturn Ion driving southbound.

Goodwin's passenger in the incident, 17-year-old Sara Elizabeth Schumann, of Salem, died in the crash. The occupant of the other vehicle, Justin Swinkels, 41, of Salem, was critically injured in the crash, as was his passenger, Christopher Denny, 28, also of Salem.

Goodwin, who graduated from Newberg High School in 2020 and was, at one time, a member of the school's cross-country team, is being held on $100,000 bond at the Marion County jail. His next court date is set for 2 p.m., Feb. 11.

Marion County District Attorney Paige Clarkson is the prosecutor in the case. Goodwin will be defended by attorney Zachary Stern of the Portland law firm Ferder, Casebeer, French, Stern & Gipson.

Second-degree manslaughter is a Measure 11 crime with a mandatory minimum sentence of more than six years in prison, should Goodwin be found guilty.


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