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Double Fatal Traffic Crash - Highway 22 near Dallas
Lieutenant Gregg Hastings
Public Information Officer
(503) 731-3020 ext. 247

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Oregon State Police (OSP) troopers are continuing the investigation following Sunday morning's single vehicle fatal traffic crash on Highway 22 near Dallas. The crash resulted in two deaths and four injuries, two of which are critical, and alcohol is a possible contributing factor.
According to OSP Senior Trooper Roger Reid, on November 15, 2009 at approximately 4:45 a.m. a 2003 Dodge Neon with six occupants was eastbound on a straight two lane stretch of Highway 22 near milepost 14. The Dodge Neon traveled onto the shoulder for about 200 yards before its male driver attempted to steer back onto the roadway and lost control. The car rolled about five times before coming to a rest on its wheels on the highway shoulder. At least three occupants including the driver were ejected.
Driver JOSE RUBEN PACHECO MEDINA, age 19, last known address in McMinnville, and 11-year old rear seat male passenger GEOBANNY ESPARZA were ejected and pronounced deceased at the scene. Neither was using safety restraints. The driver did not have a valid operator's license.
A 4-month old male infant identified as ERICK MEDINA was in an unbuckled car seat in the left rear seating area and was also ejected. The infant was transported by LifeFlight to Legacy Emanuel Hospital with critical injuries.
Twin 11-year old brother JONATHAN ESPARZA, who was also seated in the rear area was transported by ambulance to Salem Hospital then transferred by LifeFlight to Legacy Emanuel Hospital with critical injuries.
Another rear seated unrestrained 14-year old male passenger, BRANDON ESPARZA, was transported by ambulance to West Valley Hospital in Dallas with non-life threatening injuries.
The children's mother, CUZANA RUBIO RUIZ, age 38, from McMinnville, was in the right front seat and was using safety restraints. She received minor injuries and was transported by ambulance to Salem Hospital. She was treated and released.
According to family members, the infant is the child of the driver and adult female passenger.
OSP troopers from the McMinnville Area Command office are continuing the investigation. Roadway conditions were wet.
OSP was assisted at the scene by Polk County Sheriff's Office, Dallas and Rickreall fire departments, and ODOT. Highway 22 was closed about 4 1/2 hours at the scene of the crash.
No other information being released at this time.