Police: DUII suspect runs red light, hits car in Salem; crash kills 3 teens
SALEM, Ore. – Three people died late Sunday night when police say a driver ran a red light and crashed with another vehicle in Salem.
The crash was reported at about 11:30 p.m. at the intersection of Salem Parkway and Cherry Avenue.
Initial reports state that Juan Carlos Rodriguez Palacios, 25, of Salem was speeding north on Salem Parkway in a Jeep Wrangler when he ran a red light, colliding with a Toyota Camry.
Officers said the three people in the Toyota – identified as Trinity Watt, 19, of Salem, Madison Capobianco, 19, of Salem and Makayla Tryon, 18, of Keizer – were all pronounced dead at the scene.
Arresting officers said Rodriguez Palacios had a blood-alcohol content of .239 percent, which is nearly three times the legal limit.
He was booked into the Marion County Jail on three counts of first-degree manslaughter, four counts of reckless endangering, one count of third-degree assault, and one count of DUII.