Albany, Ore.: Corvallis man arrested for manslaughter, DUI in Hwy 20 crash |

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.

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Edwards, Colo.: Woman killed in alleged drunk driving crash |

A Battle Mountain High School alumna was killed early Thursday when the car in which she was riding plunged off a mountain road, police said.

Cuhatlique Cardenas, 23, died when driver Hugo Castillo-Marquez failed to negotiate a curve near the intersection of Fenno Drive and Squaw Creek Road near Cordillera in Edwards, according to police.

Castillo-Marquez was allegedly driving drunk when he went off the edge, said the Colorado State Patrol. The black 2013 Honda went airborne for 100 feet before landing and rolling multiple times, coming to rest with its wheels in Squaw Creek, police said.

Cardenas was pronounced dead at the scene, said Kara Bettis, Eagle County coroner.

The Colorado State Patrol was notified at 6:49 a.m. and was on the scene minutes later, along with deputies from the Eagle County Sheriff’s Office.

Castillo-Marquez, 21, was taken to the Vail Valley Medical Center as a precaution, said Trooper Josh Lewis with the Colorado State Patrol.

The cause of the crash is still under investigation, but alcohol and excessive speed are being investigated as possible contributing factors to the crash, the State Patrol said. Cardenas was wearing her seat belt at the time of the crash.

Castillo-Marquez was booked into the Eagle County jail Thursday on charges of felony vehicular homicide, DUI resulting in death and reckless driving resulting in death. He’s being held without bail.

Cardenas was a 2009 Battle Mountain High School graduate and was one of 10 Eagle County high school graduates that year to earn an Alpine Bank Latino/Hispanic Scholarship.

The scholarship was for two years to any Colorado Mountain College campus.

Cardenas’ goal was to study culinary arts and eventually own and operate her own restaurant in Colorado.

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Laveen, Ariz.: DUI suspected as car T-bones van. One dead | KPHO

One person is dead and two others hospitalized with serious injuries after a car driven by a suspected drunk driver T-boned a minivan at an intersection near a popular casino in Laveen early Thursday morning.

Michael Cherney, 55, was driving westbound on Estrella Parkway when his car ran through a stop sign and struck the passenger side of the minivan, a Maricopa County Sheriff’s Office spokesman said. Elizabeth Valenzuela, 44, a passenger in the minivan, was ejected. The impact pushed the minivan onto two wheels before it came down on and killed Valenzuela, the spokesman said.

Her husband, Manuel Valenzuela, 56, was hospitalized with life-threatening injuries and is in critical condition.

Cherney, whose blood-alcohol content registered 0.20 percent, was taken to a hospital and was expected to survive, the spokesman said.No one was wearing a seat belt, the spokesman said.Deputies said they found a half-empty bottle of tequila and marijuana in Cherney’s sedan.

Witnesses told police that the car was going about 60 mph when it ran through the stop sign, Phoenix police Lt. Darius Potts said.

“It was a direct hit,” he said.

Potts said he wasn’t sure if anyone was wearing a seat belt or whether impairment was a factor.

“We haven’t found anything yet to know why it happened,” Potts said.

Deputies closed 51st Avenue, the main road to the Vee Quiva Hotel and Casino, between Dobbins Road and Estrella Parkway. There was no estimate as to when the road would reopen.

via DUI suspected as car T-bones van, kills 1 in Laveen – CBS 5 – KPHO.

Plantersville resident killed while allegedly driving while intoxicated – The Navasota Examiner: News

Alcohol is believed to have played a part in a head-on collision that killed a Mexican native living in Plantersville on Aug. 12, at 10:29 p.m.

Department of Public Safety Trooper Kenneth Balzekas of Anderson said Aquiles Castro-Hernandez, 32, was intoxicated when he was ejected from his own vehicle off FM 1774. Castro-Hernandez was northbound on the roadway when he lost control of a 2005 Ford F-150 that ran off the road. After Castro-Hernandez overcorrected, the vehicle drove into an oncoming 2009 SUV, driven by Texas A&M University student Kaitlynn Breiner of The Woodlands, 20.

Castro-Hernandez was pronounced dead at the scene by Precinct 2 Justice of the Peace Joe Imhoff, and was reportedly not wearing a seatbelt.

The Ford F-150 incurred most of the damage.

Breiner, who was wearing a seatbelt, was life flighted to Memorial Hermann Hospital in Houston with broken legs, as a precaution.

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Fluvanna Co., Va.: Woman killed in ATV crash; driver charged with underage DUI |

A Madison County woman was killed in a single-vehicle crash in Fluvanna County on Friday.

Kaitlin M. Aylor, 18, was a passenger on a 2006 Honda 2RX-450R all-terrain vehicle that ran off the side of Route 761 at about 8:30 p.m., state police said. Aylor and the driver of the ATV, 18-year-old Travis M. Allen, of Scottsville, were thrown from the vehicle when it crashed into a ditch. Allen and Aylor were flown to the University of Virginia Medical Center for treatment of serious injuries, authorities said. Aylor died at the hospital Saturday morning, police said.

Allen has been charged with driving after illegally consuming alcohol. He is scheduled to appear in Fluvanna County General District Court at 9:30 a.m. Tuesday.

According to the obituary, Aylor planned to attend Eastern Mennonite University in Harrisonburg next week to become a kindergarten teacher and play softball. She leaves behind her parents, a sister and other relative. Her funeral is scheduled for 11 a.m. Tuesday at Etlan United Methodist Church in Etlan.

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Coconut Creek, Fla.: Teen killed while trying to keep drunken friend from driving, police say |

As the first day of school gets underway, schools in Coconut Creek are sending their condolences to the family of a young man who was killed over the weekend.

The Sun-Sentinel reports Joseph Ianzano, 19, was killed late Saturday night while trying to keep an intoxicated friend from driving away.

Ianzano apparently held on to the rear spoiler of the car as his friend tried to leave. Police said the driver struck a tree in the 5300 block of Flamingo Place, causing Ianzano to be thrown from the car.

On Monday, Coconut Creek High School sent out a tweet in support of the family of Ianzano.

“Two high schools, one city. Our hearts go out to the family of fallen Knight, Joe Ianzano. @MHShighlights @Jneer @MHSSADD.

“Monarch High School’s Students Against Destructive Decisions program also tweeted “We r saddened 2 hear that we have lost a fellow knight due 2 the destructive decision of another. R.I.P. Joey Ianzano. We will never 4get u.”

The accident remains under investigation.

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Richmond, Va.: Journalist, author Donovan Webster charged with DUI in fatal crash |

An acclaimed journalist and author faces charges of driving under the influence stemming from a crash that killed a 75-year-old Virginia man.

The Albemarle County Police Department says 55-year-old Donovan James Webster of Charlottesville could face additional charges after an investigation into the Thursday crash in Afton.

Authorities say Webster was driving one of the vehicles in the crash that killed Wayne Thomas White of Waynesboro, but police declined to provide further details.

Webster is a former senior editor for Outside magazine and has written for The New Yorker, National Geographic and other magazines.

He also has written several books, including “Aftermath: The Remnants of War” and “The Burma Road: The Epic Story of the China-Burma-India Theater in World War II.”

Webster remained jailed without bond Monday.

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