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Driver faces charges for deaths

Couple killed in crash


by: HOLLY M. GILL - Jefferson County Fire Chief Brian Huff, deputy Shane Beamish, assistant chief Tom Jaca, ambulance interim chief Mike Lepin and deputy Ron Larson check out the vehicle driven by Lukas and Diane Hanson, of Madras, who were killed in the crash. A Madras couple were killed in a two-vehicle crash Thursday afternoon, at the intersection of Southwest Dover Lane and Southwest Bear Drive.

Lukas Daniel Hanson, 32, and Diane Elizabeth Hanson, 33, were pronounced dead at the scene of the accident, which occurred around 5:15 p.m. Sept. 5.

According to Sgt. Jason Erickson, of the Jefferson County Sheriff's Office, Lukas Hanson was eastbound on Dover Lane in a 2002 Chevrolet Cavalier, with his wife in the passenger seat, when they were struck on the passenger side by a northbound sport utility vehicle. Airbags deployed in both vehicles.

by: SUBMITTED PHOTO - Isaul Ruiz-DominguezIsaul Alberto Ruiz Dominguez, 18, of Madras, the driver of the SUV, a 1999 GMC Yukon, is alleged to have driven into the intersection from Bear Drive, without stopping at the stop sign. Three other adult males were passengers in the vehicle.

"The investigation showed significant intrusion into the passenger compartment of the Chevy driven by Hanson," Erickson noted. The vehicle was pushed about 75 feet, and came to rest in shrubbery near a farm storage building on the northeast corner of the intersection.

by: HOLLY M. GILL - Personnel from the Jefferson County Fire Department and Jefferson County Emergency Medical Services load driver Isaul Alberto Ruiz-Dominguez into the ambulance, following the Sept. 5 accident.The Yukon came to rest across the intersection, off the east side of Bear Drive. The driver and passengers were examined by ambulance personnel. Dominguez was transported to St. Charles Madras, where he was treated for minor injuries and released.

Erickson said that alcohol is believed to have been a factor in the crash, and a blood alcohol test was ordered. Results were not yet available Tuesday morning.

Dominguez was arrested after he was released from the hospital, and transported to the Jefferson County Correctional Facility, where he was charged with two counts of criminally negligent homicide, driving under the influence of intoxicants, driving while suspended and reckless driving.

The Jefferson County Sheriff’s Office was assisted at the scene by Jefferson County Emergency Medical Services and the Jefferson County Fire Department. Oregon State Police assisted with the investigation and crash reconstruction.

Funeral services for Lukas and Diane Hanson will be held at 10 a.m. Thursday, Sept. 12, at the Madras Latter-day Saints Church.




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