A man arrested for drunk driving and hit-and-run in July killed a woman and four children in a horrific head-on crash on Sunday, Oregon State Police say. Lizette Medrano-Perez, 25, and an 8-year-old boy, a 6-year-old boy, a 4-year-old girl, and a 2-year-old girl were killed when a Land Rover driven by 27-year-old Favian Garcia slammed into their Buick Century a mile north of Salem, KATU reports. "Those were completely innocent children," says police spokeswoman Lt. Cari Boyd. "There are just no words to explain what happened." Garcia was released from jail in August but a warrant for his arrest was later issued when he failed to show up for court. Records show he was also charged with drunk driving in 2011.
The crash was Oregon's deadliest since a tour bus crash killed nine people in 2012, the Oregonian reports. Garcia, who was hospitalized after receiving minor injuries in the accident, was booked into jail Monday on five counts of manslaughter, felony driving under the influence of intoxicants, reckless driving, and driving with a suspended license. The three oldest children were Medrano-Perez's and she was the legal guardian of the youngest girl, her niece. "To see the sadness in people's eyes knowing their family members aren't coming back because somebody made a bad choice is just one of the worst parts about our job," OSP Trooper Bob Charpentier tells KOIN. (Read more drunk driving stories.)