Three Teens Killed In Salem Crash


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Three teenagers were killed in a crash late Sunday night in Salem.

The crash happened on the Salem Parkway at Cherry Avenue Northeast. Salem Police Officers arrived to find a white Toyota Camry and a black Jeep Wrangler off of the roadway.

The initial investigation indicates the Jeep was travelling northeast on Salem Parkway at a high rate of speed when it ran the red light at Cherry Avenue Northeast and collided with the Toyota travelling southeast.

All three of the Toyota occupants, 19-year-old Trinity Watt, of Salem, 19-year-old Madison Capobianco, of Salem and 18-year-old Makayla Tryon, of Keizer, died at the scene.

The driver of the Jeep, 25-year-old Juan Carlos Rodriguez Palacios, of Salem, and a passenger remained at the scene until they were transported to Salem Health for treatment.

Rodriguez Palacios was subsequently arrested on 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. Rodriguez Palacios’ blood alcohol content was 0.239 percent when tested, almost three times the legal limit of 0.08 percent. He has been lodged at the Marion County Correctional Facility and will appear that the Marion County Circuit Court Annex June 4, 2019, at 3:00 p.m. for an arraignment.

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