A Woodburn man is facing manslaughter and drunk driving charges after police say he crashed head-on with another car, killing a Molalla mother and her four children Sunday on Highway 99E.
Investigators say Favian Garcia, 27, was at the wheel of a black SUV on Highway 99E when about 4:30 p.m. he crashed into the victim's sedan on a curve at NE Nevada Street.
On Monday morning, Garcia was booked in the Marion County Jail on five counts of first-degree manslaughter, felony while driving under the influence of intoxicants, reckless driving, misdemeanor driving while suspended, and outstanding unrelated Marion County warrants.
Court records show Garcia was arrested for drunk driving and hit-and-run on July 2. He was released from jail in August, but had a warrant out for his arrest when he didn’t show up for court.
Judy Harley lives near that July 2 crash site in Woodburn. When she learned Garcia is now charged in Sunday's crash, she wondered if enough is being done to keep suspects in dangerous driving crashes behind bars.
“It doesn't sound like it, does it? Yeah, yeah it's really sad. A woman and four children? Four children. It was five of them. That's terrible,” she said.
Garcia was also charged with drunk driving in 2011, according to his record.
He was also arrested over and over again for not showing up for court in that case, as well as driving while suspended.
Medrano-Perez and her four children in the vehicle were found dead at the scene of the crash. Her children included an 8-year-old boy, a 6-year-old boy, a 4-year-old girl and a 2-year-old girl.
Oregon State Police say one of the children killed was not Medrano-Perez's child by birth, but she was the child's legal guardian. She had filed paperwork to officially adopt the child next week.
Garcia had minor injuries and was transported to a local area hospital, Oregon State Police said. He is expected to make his first court appearance on manslaughter charges on Tuesday.
Anyone who witnessed the crash should call Oregon State Police at 1-800-452-7888.