A Corvallis man is facing manslaughter charges after investigating police determined he was driving under the influence before a crash that killed another on Highway 20 Thursday morning.
Shortly before 7 a.m. on Thursday, officials with the Department of Transportation announced that a head-on crash had occurred on Highway 20 near NW Scenic Drive in Albany.
Officials quickly shut down the highway to clear the scene and investigate the crash. Apparently, a Ford Station Wagon had been struck head-on by a 1995 Acura Integra heading in the opposite direction..
Later, police determined that the Integra was being driven by 32-year-old Damon Selves of Corvallis.
Witnesses reported seeing Selves swerving into oncoming traffic and trying to return to his lane when his car hit the Station Wagon.
The resulting crash killed 37-year-old Gabriel Ruiz Lopez of Eugene, who had been driving the Station Wagon.Selves was transported to Good Samaritan Regional Hospital in Corvallis with minor injuries.
Highway 20 was closed for two-and-a-half-hours as Oregon State Police and the Benton County Sheriff’s Office responded.
After concluding the investigation, Selves was arrested on charges of manslaughter, DUI for drugs and reckless driving. He was not wearing a safety belt, but his airbags did deploy.
Lopez was wearing a safety belt, but his vehicle was not equipped with airbags.