Salem Police arrest driver in fatal crash

Salem Police Dept. - 08/19/18

On Sunday, August 19, 2018 at approximately 12:20 a.m.. Eduardo de la Lima Vargas age 39 of Hubbard, was driving a pickup truck pulling an occupied horse trailer westbound on Highway 22/ Mission Street SE when he ran a red light and struck a motorcycle, killing both of it's riders. The motorcycle had been attempting to turn eastbound onto Highway 22/Mission Street SE from the I-5 southbound off-ramp when it was struck. The collision threw both riders from the motorcycle and lodged it under the truck, causing both vehicles to catch fire. 

The riders were transported to Salem Health, but were pronounced deceased shortly after their arrival. Their identities are not being released pending next of kin notification.

The vehicle fire was extinguished and the horse was safely removed from the trailer. Officials from the Polk County Search and Rescue assisted by taking possession of the horse until other arrangements could be made for its care.
The Salem Police Traffic Team responded to the scene and took over the investigation. Subsequently, Vargas was arrested and lodged at the Marion County Detention Facility for the following charges: two counts of Manslaughter, Reckless Endangering, Reckless Driving and one count of DUII.

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