Mexican fugitive nabbed for deadly 2007 Oregon crash

Alfredo De Jesus Ascencio wanted in the death of a Marion County deputy

KOIN 6 News Staff - PORTLAND, Ore. (KOIN) — For more than 10 years, Alfredo De Jesus Ascencio managed to avoid the long arm of the law. The Oregon resident fled to Mexico after being involved in a 2007 car crash that killed 2 people, including Marion County Deputy Kelly James Fredinburg.

But in January 2017, De Jesus Ascencio was arrested by Mexican authorities for the decade-old crash. Even though he likely would never have been extradited to Oregon to stand trial, he was expected to stand trial in Mexico under an international agreement.

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But he was accidentally released about a month later and remained at large -- until December 21.

The warrant for his arrest remained valid and on that day, Ascencio, 29, was arrested in the State of Michoacán.

The crash

De Jesus Ascencio, who was 20 at the time, was identified as the driver of the car that hit Fredinburg's patrol car on June 16, 2007. A passenger in De Jesus Ascencio's car, Oscar Amaya of Woodburn, also died. Another passenger suffered minor injuries, and De Jesus Ascencio himself was seriously hurt.

He was taken to the hospital and then later released. On August 3, 2007, he was charged with 2 counts of criminally negligent homicide.

KOIN 6 News will continue to follow this story.


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