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Unrestrained Child, Adult Female Ejected from Vehicle; Driving Facing Charges - Interstate 5 in Eugene
05/28/2011
Lieutenant Gregg Hastings
Public Information Officer
(503) 731-3020 ext. 247

Oregon State Police (OSP) troopers are continuing the investigation into Saturday morning's single vehicle rollover traffic crash on Interstate 5 in the Eugene area that resulted in four adults and a small child being injured. The child and an adult female were both ejected from the vehicle.
 
According to OSP Trooper Lee Farrar, on May 28, 2011 at approximately 2:23 a.m. a 2000 Mercury Cougar driven by ALEJANDRO SAMANIEGO, age 23, from Tacoma, Washington was southbound on Interstate 5 near milepost 194. According to witnesses, including an off-duty OSP trooper, the Mercury was traveling at a high rate of speed when its operator lost control and rolled several times before coming to rest on its top in the center median.
 
In addition to the operator, the vehicle was also occupied by two adult females, an adult male and a 3-year old male. One of the adult females and the child were ejected. The child was not restrained in a safety seat.
 
All five were transported to Sacred Heart Medical Center at RiverBend for treatment of injuries. Their current medical status is not known. All passenger names are awaiting positive identification.
 
SAMANIEGO was cited at the hospital by OSP for DUII, Reckless Driving, Recklessly Endangering Another Person (4 counts), Failure to Properly Restrain a Child Passenger, and No Operators License.