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Suspected Drunk Driver Kills Three Teenage Girls In Salem

Salem, Ore. —  A suspected drunk driving crash Sunday night in Salem kills three teenage girls.

Salem Police say the crash happened about 11:30 p.m. Sunday night at the intersection of Salem Parkway and Cherry Ave NE.

When officers arrived they found a white Toyota Camry and a black Jeep Wrangler off the roadway.

Investigators say the Jeep was traveling northeast on Salem Parkway at a high rate of speed and ran the red light at Cherry Ave NE.  It then collided with the Toyota that was traveling southeast on Cherry Ave NE.

All three of the people inside the Toyota, 19-year-old Trinity Watt, 19-year-old Madison Capobianco, and 18-year-old Makayla Tryon were pronounced dead at the scene.

The driver of the Jeep has been identified as 25-year-old Juan Carlos Rodriguez Palacios of Salem.  He and a passenger were taken to the hospital for treatment.  Rodriquez Palacios was then arrested following his release from the hospital.

Rodriguez Palacios faces the following charges:

Three counts of Manslaughter in the First Degree, four counts of Reckless Endangering Another Person, one count of Assault in the Third Degree, one count of Reckless Driving and Driving Under the Influence of Intoxicants.

Police say Rodriguez Palacios’ blood alcohol content was 0.239 percent when tested, almost three times the legal limit of 0.08 percent.


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