Oregon Man Pleads Not Guilty After Fatal Car Accident

Oregon Man Pleads Not Guilty After Fatal Car AccidentFollowing a one-car accident in Oregon that killed one passenger and injured the other two, the driver has pleaded not guilty to first-degree manslaughter and assault, the Hermiston Herald reports.

Gonzalo Acasta, 32, was arrested after his 1997 Pontiac Grand Prix overturned approximately 30 yards off the highway. Acasta is currently being held at the Umatilla County Jail on a hold by authorities.

Acasta was negotiating a left turn when he allegedly drove onto the right shoulder then over-corrected and rolled the car numerous times.

Jose E. Ramirez Chavarria, 23, the passenger in the rear seats, was pronounced dead at the scene, while front passenger Martin Ramirez, 28, was airlifted to a hospital in Portland with serious injuries. Acasta was taken to a local hospital with minor injuries. All three were from Entiat, Washington, according to the news source.

After being released from the hospital, Acasta was taken into custody by the Oregon State Police on charges of first-degree manslaughter, criminally negligent homicide, second-degree assault, driving under the influence of intoxicants and reckless driving.

According to the publication, all three passengers were wearing seat belts.

Another recent death has been attributed to a single-passenger car accident. KJRH reports that firefighters recently responded to a car on fire in Tulsa, Oklahoma, yet found someone trapped inside. The driver was allegedly driving at a high rate of speed and exited Highway 169, causing the car to leave the road and land on another street. Currently, the identity of the occupant has not yet been identified, nor has the VIN number or registration of the vehicle. Dental records will need to be consulted by the medical examiner to identify the victim, according to the news source.