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Gurpinder Singh, 27, charged with second-degree manslaughter in the Nov. 4, 2013 crash that killed a Lyons man

by: PHOTO COURTESY: TEHEMA COUNTY JAIL - Gurpinder Singh, 27, is awaiting extradition to Oregon, where he faces one count of second-degree manslaughter for his role in a fatal accident last November. A California man has been charged with manslaughter in connection with a November 2013 fatal crash on Interstate 5 just south of Wilsonville that claimed the life of a Lyons man.

According to Oregon State Police, Gurpinder Singh, 27, of Red Bluff, Calif., was arrested there Feb. 12 by deputies from the Tehama County (Calif.) Sheriff’s Office. Singh is currently lodged in the Tehama County Jail pending extradition back to Marion County in Oregon, where he faces a single count of second-degree manslaughter. That charge is covered under Oregon's Measure 11 sentencing guidelines and carries a mandatory prison term of six years, three months upon conviction.

Police said Singh was driving a commercial semi-trailer southbound on Interstate 5 around 5 p.m. on Nov. 4, 2013, when he reportedly struck from behind an Acura Integra driven by Dustin Paul Campbell, 26, of Lyons. The semi truck rode on over the top of the Acura and continued on to rear-end a second semi-trailer traveling in front of the car.

Campbell was pronounced dead at the scene after emergency crews spent several hours extricating his crushed car from underneath Singh’s semi truck. Singh received minor injuries and was released at the scene.

Police investigators spent nearly three months reconstructing the crash. Singh was indicted by a grand jury earlier this week and the arrest was carried out late Wednesday night. Oregon State Police, Oregon Department of Transportation and the Marion County District Attorney’s office all took part in the reconstruction and investigation of the crash.

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