Early Morning I-84 Accident Claims Two Lives; Driver Charged

Two people are dead and the driver arrested on DUII and manslaughter charges after and early morning single-vehicle accident on Interstate 84 just east of Hood River Tuesday morning.  According to the Oregon State Police, a preliminary investigation shows that the car driven by 24-year-old Noel Hernandez of Hood River was eastbound at milepost 68 at about 2:33 Tuesday morning when it left the roadway and rolled multiple times.   The OSP says two passengers, 23-year-old Rosalia Gonzalez-Ortiz of Hood River and a juvenile male, sustained fatal injuries and were pronounced deceased.  Hernandez was transported to the Providence Hood River Memorial Hospital where he was treated for injuries.   The OSP says upon being released from the hospital, Hernandez was arrested and lodged at NORCOR on two counts of Manslaughter II and DUII.     The OSP was assisted by ODOT, the Wasco County Sheriff’s Office, the Hood River County District Attorney’s Office, Wy’east Fire, Hood River Fire, Mosier Fire and Mid-Columbia Fire and Rescue.

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