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Update #2: Driver Arrested Related to May 11th Fatal Traffic Crash
05/12/2008
Lieutenant Marlene West
Oregon State Police - McMinnville
Office: (503) 472-0294

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Oregon State Police (OSP) arrested the driver of a car involved in Sunday afternoon's fatal traffic crash that resulted in the death of a Dayton-area woman when her car was struck by another vehicle that crossed the center grass median on Highway 99W between Dundee and Newberg.  Troopers arrested the man upon his release Monday afternoon from a Portland-area hospital.

OSP Senior Trooper Mark McDougal arrested LEONEL ZURITA LOEZA, age 26, from southwest Portland, at Legacy Emanuel Hospital on the following charges:
* Manslaughter in the First Degree
* Assault in the Second Degree
* Assault in the Third Degree
* Driving Under the Influence of Intoxicants
* Recklessly Endangering Another Person
* Reckless Driving
* Criminal Mischief in the Second Degree

ZURITA LOEZA will be lodged at Yamhill County Jail.  Questions regarding upcoming court appearance(s) should be directed to the Yamhill County District Attorney's Office.

According to Oregon State Police Sergeant Brad Hessel, on May 11, 2008 at approximately 3:05 p.m. a 1994 Ford Taurus four-door driven by LEONEL ZURITA LOEZA, age 26, from southwest Portland, was northbound on Highway 99W near milepost 25.  According to witnesses, the Ford was being operated at a high rate of speed when it lost control and crossed the grass center median where it became airborne and crashed into a southbound 2000 Toyota Avalon four-door.  After the initial impact, the Ford collided with a southbound 2003 Toyota
Corolla four-door with four occupants.

The Toyota Avalon's driver, CARMA COLLEEN SMITH, age 51, from Dayton, was
pronounced deceased at the scene.

LOEZA and his two passengers received serious injuries.  LOEZA was transported by LifeFlight to Legacy Emanuel Hospital where he was treated and released today before his arrest.  Passenger IZQUIERDO L. JONATAN, age 21, from Beaverton, was transported by LifeFlight to Oregon Health Sciences University.  Passenger NICHOLAS CONTRERAS, age 31, from Beaverton, was transported by ground ambulance to Newberg Providence Hospital.  Current conditions of the passengers are not known.

The Toyota Corolla's driver, STEVEN J. MARCACCINI, age 57, from Aurora, and his two female and one male passenger were not injured.

Safety restraint use information is not available.

OSP troopers from the McMinnville Area Command office are continuing the investigation with assistance of an OSP crash reconstructionist and the Yamhill County District Attorney's Office.  Members of the Multi-Agency Traffic Team comprised of officers from Newberg, Dundee, Carlton, and Yamhill County Sheriff's Office are also assisting.  Dundee Fire & Rescue and ODOT assisted at the scene.

Highway 99W re-opened around 8:15 p.m.