The driver in the fatal crash that killed a mother and four children had a blood alcohol level four times the legal limit, Oregon police revealed on Tuesday, Oct. 10.
Favian Garcia had a blood alcohol content of 0.318 after the crash, according to a probable cause statement. That’s nearly four times the state’s 0.08 limit.
Garcia, 27, will be held without bail. The defendant appeared in court with his arm in a sling, according to the Statesman-Journal. A judge who ordered him held said Garcia would be “a danger to the public if released.”
Police identified the four children who died in the crash prior to the court hearing. Ivan Ricardo Medrano-Contreras, 8, Andrus Medrano-Contreras, 6, Dayanara Medrano-Perez, 4, and Angelina Vazquez-Crisp, 2, were all killed in the Oct. 8 crash.
The crash occurred at 4:30 p.m., NTD previously reported. A Buick Century, driven by Lisette Medrano-Perez, 25, the mother of three of the children and the aunt of one, collided with a Land Rover driven by Garcia as the two drivers were negotiating a corner of Highway 99E and Nevada Street NE.
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On the day of the crash, police charged Garcia with five counts of manslaughter, driving under the influence (DUI), reckless driving, and driving while suspended. Police booked him into the Marion Countr Jail after taking him to a local hospital for minor injuries.
At the hospital, officers noticed that he smelled of alcohol and had glassy and bloodshot eyes. One of the arresting officers mentioned that Garcia told him that he had “a hangover all day.”
Medrano Perez, of Molalla, worked in an assisted living center. She had a “heart of gold” and brought energy and compassion to the workplace, Chelsea Slaven, the home’s director, told Statesman-Journal.
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“You’ll notice how quiet it is right now,” Slaven said. “We’re all trying to go forward and do what we can to support our residents, our team members, and our community as a whole.”
Garcia had two prior arrests for driving under the influence of alcohol, one in July this year and another in 2011 the Statesman-Journal reported.
The father of one of the first responders who arrived at the wreck wrote about his son’s experience on Facebook.
“My son was a responder,” Bob Johnson wrote. “Sadly, retrieved and transported all of them to his funeral home. Most emotional call he has ever had to make. Went home and tightly hugged his wife and his 7 children.”
Police are asking witnesses to the crash who have not been questioned to contact (800) 452-7888.