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Fatal Traffic Crash - Highway 730 near Irrigon
05/04/2009
Sergeant Mike Turner
Oregon State Police - Pendleton
Office: (541) 278-4090 ext. 4812

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One person was killed and three others seriously injured early Monday morning in a single vehicle rollover crash on Highway 730 near Irrigon.
 
On May 4, 2009 at approximately 5:50 a.m. a green Plymouth Voyager van operated by GINA PEREZ, age 26, from Boardman, was westbound on Highway 730 at milepost 171 when it left the roadway and overturned at least one time.
 
Three of six occupants in the van were ejected from the vehicle as it rolled. Those who were ejected included ISHMAEL GARCIA, age 32, from Hermiston, who had been riding in the left center seat of the vehicle and JACOB RAMIREZ age 25, from Hermiston, who had been in the right center seat. GARCIA sustained non-life threatening injuries and was transported to Good Shepherd Hospital where he was treated and released. Troopers investigating the crash found GARCIA to be in possession of a small amount of suspected methamphetamine and cited and released for Possession of a Controlled Substance - Methamphetamine. RAMIREZ sustained serious injuries and was flown by Life Flight to Oregon Health Sciences University in Portland, Oregon for treatment.
 
The third occupant who was ejected from the vehicle, ROBERTO PEREZ, age 26, from Boardman, was transported to Good Shepherd Hospital where he died from injuries.  He was seated in the right front passenger seat at the time of the crash.
 
The three other occupants of the van who were not ejected also sustained injuries. Driver GINA PEREZ was flown to Kadlec Medical Center in Kennewick, Washington for treatment of serious injuries. TONI TAYLOR, age 25, from Hermiston, who had been riding in the center seat of the vehicle was transported to Good Shepherd Hospital where she too was treated for serious injuries. JACOB PEREZ, age 17, from Boardman, who had been seated in the rear of the Plymouth van received minor injuries. He was transported to Good Shepherd, treated and released.
 
Troopers are still in the process of investigating the crash and it is unknown at this time if any of the occupants of the vehicle were using safety restraints.
 
Assisting at the scene were the Morrow County Sheriffs Office, Oregon Department of Transportation and Irrigon Ambulance.