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Update: 14-Year Old Springfield Boy Dies From Injuries Sustained in January 18th Traffic Crash - Interstate 5 On Ramp at Donald/Aurora Interchange
January 24, 2014

Lieutenant Gregg Hastings
Public Information Officer
(503) 731-3020 ext 247

Oregon State Police (OSP) received confirmation Friday that CARLOS DANIEL PEREZ, age 14, from Springfield, died early this morning from injuries sustained in a January 18, 2014 traffic crash on the northbound on ramp from the Donald/Aurora area to Interstate 5.

OSP is continuing the investigation and no enforcement decision has been at this time.

On January 18, 2014 at approximately 9:50 a.m., a Dodge Caravan with six occupants driven by HERON MENDEZ, age 66, from Springfield, was traveling on the northbound on ramp to Interstate 5 from the Donald/Aurora area near milepost 278 when it collided into the back of a tanker trailer pulled by a commercial truck that was also on the on ramp approaching the freeway lanes.

Conditions were foggy but the main cause of the crash is pending further investigation. The tanker trailer contained approximately 27,000 gallons of latex but no HazMat spill occurred.

HERON MENDEZ and passengers JACOB L. WILLIAMS, age 36, and LOUIS ZENON-MEZA, age 28, both from Eugene, were transported by ambulance to Legacy Emanuel Medical Center in Portland with non-life threatening injuries.

Passenger CARLOS PEREZ-TRUJILLO, age 41, and his children CARLOS DANIEL PEREZ, age 14, and, SARAH PEREZ, age 12, all from Springfield, were transported by ambulance to Oregon Health & Science University with serious injuries. CARLOS DANIEL PEREZ was in critical condition until his death. All three were not using safety restraints and were the most seriously injured of the van's occupants. His father has been treated and released and his sister is reported to still be in the hospital but her condition was improving.

The truck's driver, RICHARD REIENMUTH, age 68, from Gering, Nebraska, was not injured

OSP troopers from the Salem and Portland offices are investigating. Senior Trooper Frank Hagen is the lead investigator.

Aurora Fire District, Woodburn Fire Department, AMR Ambulance, and ODOT assisted at the scene. The on ramp and at least one lane of Interstate 5 northbound was closed for about 2 1/2 hours.

Link to previous news release with scene photo links: