Man accused in crash that killed 4 children accepts deal

November 19, 2019 GMT

PORTLAND, Ore. (AP) — A man accused of hitting and killing a mother and four children while driving drunk has been found guilty.

The Statesman Journal reports Favian Garcia of Gervais was scheduled to stand trial, but in a last-minute change elected Monday to sign a motion agreeing to a series of facts summarized by prosecutors.

Judge Sean Armstrong reviewed the facts and found Garcia guilty of five counts of first-degree manslaughter, DUI, reckless driving and criminal driving with a suspended license in the crash north of Salem in October 2017.

Lizette Merano-Perez, 25, of Molalla, was heading into a corner on the highway when she crashed nearly head-on with Garcia, who was behind the wheel of an SUV.

The crash killed Lizette and children identified by police as 8-year-old Ricardo Medrano-Contreras, 6-year-old Andrus Medrano-Contreras, 4-year-old Dayanara Medrano-Perez, and 2-year-old Angelina Vazquez-Crisp.

Court records show that Garcia had a blood alcohol level four times the legal limit.

He will be sentenced Dec. 2.