Hubbard man gets 12 years in DUI crash that killed Salem couple
A Hubbard man was sentenced to 12 years, six months in jail for killing a Salem couple while driving drunk in 2018.
Eduardo De La Lima-Vargas, 40, pleaded guilty to two counts of first-degree manslaughter and driving under the influence of an intoxicant stemming from an Aug. 19 incident in which he ran a red light in his truck while pulling a horse trailer in Salem, hitting a motorcycle driven by Logan Wilson, 34, and Jessica Wilson, 32.
A married couple with several children, the Wilsons were transported to Salem Hospital where they later died.
De La Lima-Vargas was sentenced by Marion County Judge David Leith. The two manslaughter charges are Measure 11 offense that carry mandatory minimum sentences of 10 years in prison. The DUI charge carried an additional year in prison, and De La Lima-Vargas had his driver's license revoked for life.
Upon his release, De La Lima-Vargas will be deported to Mexico, where he is a citizen. When he was arrested in 2018, the Statesman Journal reported that he was taken into custody by U.S. Immigration and Customs Enforcement agents.
A Marion County prosecutors filed a motion to reconsider holding him without bail in order to prevent his removal from the United States so he can face prosecution for his alleged crimes here before being deported to Mexico.