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Fatal Traffic Crash - Highway 99W north of Highway 22
05/01/2009
Lieutenant Gregg Hastings
Public Information Officer
Office: (503) 731-3020 ext. 247

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Oregon State Police (OSP) troopers are continuing the investigation with the assistance of the Polk County District Attorney's Office into a three vehicle crash that resulted in the death of one person and injuries to at least two others Thursday afternoon on Highway 99W about one mile north of the junction with Highway 22 in Polk County.
 
On April 30, 2009 at approximately 5:47 p.m. a 1994 Acura Integra driven by HOMERO CEJA HIDALGO, age 27, from McMinnville, was northbound on a two-lane straight stretch of Highway 99W near milepost 56 when it pulled into the southbound lane along side a 1978 Chevrolet Monte Carlo and it the path of an approaching southbound 2004 Nissan Xterra with four occupants. The Acura tried to move back into the northbound lane, lost control and crossed back into the southbound lane where it collided with the Nissan. The Chevrolet was struck by at least one of the vehicles causing minor damage to it.
 
During the impact the Acura split into two sections and CEJA HIDALGO was ejected and pronounced deceased at the scene. CEJA HIDALGO was believed to be using safety restraints but the ejection occurred when the car split into half. Passenger BROCKMAN R. HERRON, age 25, from McMinnville, was transported to Salem Hospital with minor injuries.
 
The Nissan's driver, LAYNETTE L. CURRAN, age 40, from Harrisburg, reportedly was not injured. Left rear female passenger ADDIE CURRAN, age 12, from Harrisburg, was transported to Salem Hospital with minor injuries. Two other passengers identified as TERESA IRENE ADAMS, age 40, and SAMANTHA DAY, age 14, both also from Harrisburg, had no reported injuries.
 
The Chevrolet Monte Carlo's driver, ISMAEL NAMBO MILINA, age 23, from McMinnville, was not injured and was arrested for Driving Under the Influence of Intoxicants and Recklessly Endangering Another Person. He was lodged in the Polk County Jail.
 
The investigation indicates speed and possible speed racing involving the victim and the Chevrolet Monte Carlo may be contributing factors in this fatal crash.
 
OSP troopers from the Salem and McMinnville offices are continuing the investigation. Polk County Sheriff's Office, Dallas Fire & Rescue and ODOT assisted at the scene. The highway was re-opened approximatey 9:00 p.m.