Tuesday, January 31, 2006
January 18, 2006
A grand jury decided Friday sufficient evidence exists to charge Edwin Montoya with five crimes.
Montoya, 43, a Lynnwood, Wash.-based semi-truck driver, rear-ended a Ford Econoline at high speed Dec. 24 on Interstate 84.
Hood River County’s District Attorney’s office has charged him with three counts of Class C felony assault, one count of driving under the influence of controlled substances and one count of reckless driving.
If convicted of all five, Montoya, 43, could face five years in a state penitentiary, two years in a county jail and $137,500 in fines.
The charges result from reports that Montoya was allegedly watching a pornographic digital video and had Oxycontin – also called “Hillbilly Heroin” – in his bloodstream when his semi rear-ended the Econoline van of Hector Salzar-Garcia.
Montoya was towing seven automobiles as freight at the time.
The impact from that collision forced the van into a tumble toward the guardrail, which ejected Hector Salzar-Garcia, 55, his wife, Angela, and his 3-year-old son, Hector through the van’s back window.
All three landed in the rocky ravine.
Ambulances rushed all four to Providence Hood River Memorial Hospital. But only one – Salzar-Garcia – had suffered serious injuries.
Hood River County Prosecutor John Sewell did not comment on the case by press time Tuesday, despite numerous attempts to his office.
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I Can't Keep Quiet singers at "Citizen Town Hall"
‘I can’t keep quiet,’ sing members of an impromptu choir in front of Hood River Middle School Saturday prior to the citizen town hall for questions to Rep. Greg Walden. The song addresses female empowerment generally and sexual violence implicitly, and gained prominence during the International Women’s Day events in January. The singers braved a sudden squall to finish their song and about 220 people gathered in HRMS auditorium, which will be the scene of the April 12 town hall with Rep. Greg Walden, at 3 p.m. Enlarge