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Tristan Goodwin will spend three years in prison after pleading guilty to criminally negligent homicide and assault

Tristan Isaac Goodwin, the Newberg youth arrested in January on charges he was responsible for the death of his passenger in a high-speed accident in Salem, will be incarcerated for his crimes.Goodwin

A Marion County Circuit Court Judge sentenced Goodwin to three years in prison for the 2020 crash that led to the death of 17-year-old Sara Elizabeth Schumann, of Salem. Goodwin, 19, pled guilty in an Aug. 24 hearing to a single count of criminally negligent homicide and two counts of third-degree assault. A charge of reckless driving was dismissed as part of the plea deal made by his counsel, defense attorney Zachary Stern of Salem, and the prosecutor in the case, Deputy District Attorney Katie Suver.

The plea deal puts an end to the story of the Aug. 7, 2020, two-car crash that began when, according to court records, Goodwin was driving at more than 70 mph in a Subaru Impreza and chose to ignore a stop sign before colliding with a Saturn Ion piloted by Salem resident Justin Swinkels and his passenger, Christopher Denny. Both men were critically injured in the crash.

Schumann was pronounced dead at the scene. Goodwin escaped serious injury.

"At the scene, the defendant stated he was driving too fast and that he ran the stop sign. …," the indictment in the case said. "Upon an interview after (he was read his rights), the defendant estimated he was driving between 70 and 80 miles per hour and saw the stop sign … knew it was an intersection, but did not see any headlights so he chose not to stop."

In addition to the three-year prison sentence, Goodwin has forfeited for life his driving privileges, was fined $600 and will be under post-prison supervision for an additional three years. He could be considered for early release, temporary leave, work release or conditional release depending on how he comports himself in prison, Marion County Circuit Court Judge Sean Armstrong found.


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