Troopers identify children killed in crash with suspected DUII driver on Hwy 99E
SALEM, Ore. – A mother and her four children died Sunday afternoon when a suspected drunk driver collided head-on with their car on Highway 99E just north of Salem.
The mother, Lizette Merano-Perez, 25, of Molalla, was heading into a corner when she crashed with an SUV driven by 27-year-old Favian Garcia.
On Tuesday, Oregon State Police identified Lizette’s four children as 8-year-old Ricardo Medrano-Contreras, 6-year-old Andrus Medrano-Contreras, 4-year-old Dayanara Medrano-Perez, and 2-year-old Angelina Vazquez-Crisp.
Lizette was Angelina’s aunt and temporary legal guardian. Officials say she was working to legally adopt the child.
Lizette Merano-Perez and all four children were pronounced deceased at the scene.
Favian Garcia suffered some minor injuries. He was later arrested and booked into the Marion County Jail on five counts of manslaughter, felony DUII, reckless driving, driving while suspended, and an outstanding warrant for skipping a court appearance for a DUII charge in July.