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On April 22, 2018 at approximately 12:53 p.m., McMinnville Police and Fire Department personnel responded to a reported motor vehicle collision at 753 NE 8th Street, McMinnville.
Operator Richard Alexander Hernandez, a 36 year old resident of McMinnville, was operating eastbound on NE 8th Street in a 1986 Ford F250 pick-up. Mr. Hernandez lost control of the vehicle and veered to the south entering the front curtilage and drive-way of the single family dwelling located at 753 NE 8th Street. The pick-up struck two vehicles located in the drive-way and continued into the garage door, entering the garage, and causing damage to a third vehicle located within. Three victims were located in the immediate area of the crash and a fourth was exiting the front entry of the residence when the collision occurred. One of the victims received on-scene evaluation and care from McMinnville Fire Department EMS personnel for minor injuries. Mr. Hernandez was not injured.
Based upon investigation, Mr. Hernandez was taken into custody for DUII and was transported to the Yamhill County Correctional Facility, where a breath test revealed a Blood Alcohol Content (BAC) of .22. Mr. Hernandez was lodged at the correctional facility for DUII, Reckless Driving, and 3 counts of Reckless Endangering. The investigation continues and may result in further criminal allegations against Mr. Hernandez.
On April 22, 2018 at approximately 3:47 p.m., McMinnville Police and Fire Department personnel responded to a reported motor vehicle collision at 331 NE Baker Street, McMinnville.
Operator John Granville Reppeto, an 81 year old resident of McMinnville, was operating a 2005 Toyota Tundra pick-up in the private lot of Citizen Bank, located at 455 NE Baker Street. The vehicle exited the parking lot in reverse surmounting the landscaping strip between the private lot and NE Baker Street. The vehicle continued into NE Baker Street crossing the left lane of travel into the right lane of travel in reverse. The vehicle continued in a half circular pathway crossing the left lane of travel again and striking the storefront of Primisys Computers and Networks business operations and server center. The vehicle caused significant structural damage to the building and rendered the building unsafe to occupy. Mr. Reppeto received on-scene evaluation and treatment from McMinnville Fire Department EMS personnel for apparent minor injuries.
The collision remains under investigation. Due to the building collapse hazard associated with the incident, one lane of NE Baker Street and pedestrian traffic on the west side of NE Baker Street remains closed. Private contractor crews spent the night trying to mitigate the collapse hazard.
A special thanks to McMinnville Fire Department, McMinnville Building Department, McMinnville Public Works, McMinnville Water and Light, Oregon Department of Transportation, Primisys, and private contractors for their joint response to the on-going incident.