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Salem street closed as a result of a motor vehicle accident.

News Release from: Salem Police Dept.
Posted: January 29th, 2012 2:24 PM


The investigation of this accident has concluded and Orchard Heights Road has been re-opened to all traffic. Information is as follows:

At around 1 a.m. this morning Salem Police responded to a single vehicle accident on Orchard Heights Road just east of Doaks Ferry Road NW. A 2005 Scion was eastbound on Orchard Heights Road at a high rate of speed when the driver lost control of the car. The car traveled across both the left turn lane and westbound lane of travel on Orchard Heights Road before leaving the roadway and striking a tree. Two passengers were in the car at the time of impact along with the driver of the car who has been identified as Salem resident Oscar Ramos-Silva. The front passenger in the car was pronounced dead at the scene. The rear passenger fled the crash scene and was later contacted at the Hospital by Salem Police Officers. The rear passenger sustained minor injuries.

Oscar Ramos-Silva sustained minor injuries as a result of the crash. Oscar Ramos-Silva, who is twenty years of age, had a blood alcohol content (BAC) over the legal limit of .08%.

Oscar Ramos-Silva was transported to the Polk County Jail and lodged on the charges of Manslaughter II, Assault IV, Reckless Driving, Reckless Endangerment (2 counts) and Criminal Mischief.

The rear passenger is sixteen years of age and, although identified by police, will not be identified in this release.

The deceased is Salem resident Armando Hernandez-Garcia who is twenty-nine years of age. Hernandez-Garcia's family has been notified of the incident by Salem Police Officers.

The incident is a tragic reminder of the impact of impaired driving and, in this case, the impact of underaged alcohol consumption.

The investigation, although complete at the scene, is still on-going. Anyone with information regarding this accident is asked to contact the Salem Police Traffic Control Unit at (503) 588-6171.

No further information is available at this time including any photographs.

The Salem Police Department is investigating a serious motor vehicle accident on Orchard Heights Road NW. As a result of the investigation Orchard Heights Road is closed to all traffic between the intersections of Doaks Ferry and Mousebird.

The investigation is very preliminary at the time of this release. Further information should become available later Sunday afternoon or Monday morning depending upon the investigation.

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