January 14, 2013
Lieutenant Gregg Hastings
Public Information Officer
On January 13, 2013 at approximately 6:50 p.m., a 2000 Dodge Durango with six occupants was northbound on Interstate 5 near milepost 235. For an unconfirmed reason, it traveled into the center median where it rolled numerous times before coming to rest on its side in the southbound lanes.
The vehicle was occupied by driver, WILLEVALDO GUZMAN-CRUZ, age 53, from Keizer, his wife, EVANGELICA GUZMAN-ARANGO, age 37, and their four male children ages 17, 15, 13, and 8. The 8-year old boy, YONIC GUZMAN-ARANGO, was ejected and pronounced deceased at the scene. His 13-year old brother, MATEO GUZMAN, was seriously injured and transported by ambulance first to Albany General Hospital and then transferred to Good Samaritan Regional Medical Center in Corvallis.
The driver and three remaining passengers were injured but not transported. The survivors were all using safety restraints. Use by the victim is pending confirmation through the ongoing investigation.
OSP troopers from the Albany Area Command office are continuing the investigation into the cause of the crash. Trooper Ian McKay is the lead investigator. A tire malfunction may have been a factor pending confirmation.
OSP was assisted at the scene by Linn County Sheriff's Office, Albany Police Department, Lebanon Police Department, Albany Fire & Medical, and ODOT. The southbound lanes were blocked about 3 hours as traffic used the right shoulder to drive past the scene. One lane was utilized for northbound traffic.
Two unrelated incidents occurred while OSP was on scene investigating the crash requiring law enforcement action.
At approximately 8:41 p.m., a citizen reported a possible DUII driver vehicle southbound near milepost 242. An OSP sergeant and trooper at the scene of the crash and saw the 1997 Lincoln Town Car displaying Oregon license plates and stopped it south of the crash scene. Subsequent investigation led to the arrest of the car's driver, GLENN C. SCHREIBER, age 54, from Shelton, Washington, for DUII, Reckless Driving, and Recklessly Endangering Another Person.
At approximately 10:10 p.m., troopers spotted a 2000 Toyota Camry stopped in the northbound traffic lane next to the crash scene and contacted the 39-year old male driver who refused to talk. Medics responded to the scene and medically cleared the driver. OSP took the driver into custody and transported him to Albany General Hospital where he was later released to the Linn County Mental Health Department for a mental evaluation.