Hubbard man arrested after fatal crash in Salem
Note: This article has been updated with the victims' names and the pickup driver's blood alcohol content.
A Hubbard man is facing manslaughter and DUII charges after police say he hit a motorcycle and killed its two occupants.
Around 12:20 a.m. Sunday, police report that Eduardo de la Lima Vargas, 39, of Hubbard, was driving a pickup truck pulling an occupied horse trailer when he ran a red light and struck a motorcycle. The crash occurred at the intersection of the Interstate 5 southbound offramp and Highway 22/Mission Street in Salem. The motorcycle was turning left onto Highway 22 when it was hit. The collision threw both riders from the motorcycle, which was lodged under the truck, causing both vehicles to catch fire. That fire was extinguished and the horse was removed safely from the trailer.
The motorcycle's occupants, later identified as Logan Wilson, 34, and Jessica Wilson, 32, of Salem, were taken to Salem Health, where they were pronounced dead shortly after arrival.
De la Lima Vargas' blood alcohol content was tested to be at .10 percent, above the legal threshold of .08 BAC.
He was arrested by Salem police and charged with two counts of manslaughter, reckless endangering, reckless driving and DUII. He will first appear in court on Monday.
The horse was taken into the temporary care of Polk County Search and Rescue.