Suspect faces manslaughter charge in deadly Hwy 99E crash


Angel Hernandez-Cruz allegedly under influence of intoxicants at time of crash

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PORTLAND, Ore. (KOIN) — Oregon State Police have identified the victim in Tuesday evening’s deadly crash on Highway 99E near Gervais.

Luis Morales-Ramirez of Gervais was driving a Nissan pickup northbound on the highway around 5 p.m. when a nearby driver of a Dodge Ram lost control and slammed into Morales-Ramirez’s truck. OSP said Morales-Ramirez, 37, sustained fatal injuries in the crash and was pronounced dead at the scene.

The driver of the Dodge, Angel Hernandez-Cruz, was taken to Marion County Jail were he faces charges of Manslaughter, Driving Under the Influence of Intoxicants (DUII), and Driving While Suspended-Misdemeanor.

Highway 99E was closed for about four and a half hours during the investigation and clean-up.

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