Man faces manslaughter, DUII charges after crash kills Salem woman
A man with a history of DUII convictions now faces manslaughter and DUII charges, among others, after he allegedly caused a fatal crash Monday morning near Woodburn.
According to police, Luis Herrera Alvarez, 41, had a blood alcohol content of .17 around 7:30 a.m. Nov. 26, when he drove a Chrysler PT Cruiser, which was traveling on northbound Highway 99E, into a vehicle sitting at a stop sign.
That vehicle, a Subaru Impreza driven by Tatiana Reutov-Skorohodoff, 23, of Salem, was waiting to turn left onto the highway from Howell Prairie Road. After being struck by Herrera Alvarez, it barreled into another vehicle, a Chevrolet Malibu driven by Jasmine Cortes-Garcia, 23, of Mount Angel, which was waiting at the same intersection to turn right.
Vasalisa Reutov, 77, of Salem, a passenger in the Impreza, was taken to the hospital where she died of her injuries.
Reutov-Skorohodoff and Cortes-Garcia, as well as two other passengers in the Impreza, sustained minor injuries.
Herrera Alvarez fled the scene on foot, and was later found and arrested on Boones Ferry Road.
Herrera Alvarez is being held at Marion County Jail with no bail allowed.
He currently faces 14 charges, including one count of driving under the influence of intoxicants, one count of reckless driving, two counts of first-degree manslaughter, four counts of third-degree assault, five counts of failure to perform duties of a driver to injured persons, one count of giving false information to peace officer in connection with a citation/warrant and one count of fourth-degree assault.
The vehicle Herrera Alvarez was driving was registered out of Woodburn but not in his name, according to Oregon State Police public information officer Tim Fox.
According to court documents, Herrera-Alvarez has had three DUII convictions in the last 10 years, all in Riverside California, the latest being in July of this year.
Herrera Alvarez's arraignment is scheduled for 8:30 a.m. Dec. 6 before Judge Daniel Wren.