Oregon man had blood alcohol level four times the legal limit in fatal crash, police say


An Oregon man arrested for killing a woman and four children after a car accident on Sunday had a blood-alcohol level nearly four times the legal limit, police revealed.

Favian Garcia, 27, appeared in court on Tuesday where he was ordered by the judge to be held without bail because he is “a danger to the public if released.”

A probable cause statement showed Garcia had a blood-alcohol content of 0.318 after the collision.

The crash happened on Oregon State Highway 99 East when a Land Rover driven by Garcia collided head-on with a Buick Century driven by Lisette Medrano-Perez, police said. She and the four children died at the scene.

Garcia, who police said had minor injuries and was not the registered owner of the Land Rover, was arrested Monday on five counts of manslaughter, driving while intoxicated, reckless driving and outstanding warrants from Marion County.

Authorities on Tuesday also identified the four children who were killed in the crash near Salem.

Eight-year-old Ivan Ricardo Medrano-Contreras, 6-year-old Andrus Medrano-Contreras, 4-year-old Dayanara Medrano-Perez and 2-year-old Angelina Vazquez-Crisp were killed in addition to 25-year-old Lisette Medrano-Perez of Molalla, Oregon State Police said.

Lisette Medrano-Perez was the mother to the three older children and an aunt and temporary legal guardian to the youngest child, police said.

The Associated Press contributed to the report.


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