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Forest Grove man arrested in fatal car crash

Dec 6, 2018 |

Earlier today, deputies arrested the driver of the Dodge involved in the fatal traffic crash on November 17. Samuel Castro Muro, 38 of Forest Grove, was charged with second-degree manslaughter, four counts of third-degree assault, five counts of reckless endangering, reckless driving, and second-degree criminal mischief. He has since posted bail and been released. A booking photo is not available.

The original media release is below.

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Head-On Crash Kills One Person, Injures Five Others

November 17, 2018 - On Saturday, November 17, 2018, at 7:00 p.m., Washington County Sheriff’s Office deputies serving the City of Cornelius responded to a head-on crash at Tualatin Valley Highway and Northwest 341th Avenue.

Deputies found a 2015 Dodge Challenger Hellcat had been driving west on Tualatin Valley Highway and crossed over the center median, where it hit a 2003 Honda Accord. The high-speed crash left both vehicles heavily damaged and the Honda briefly caught fire.

There were four people in the Honda and two people in the Dodge and all were taken to Portland hospitals with injuries. Despite life-saving efforts at the scene, 25-year-old Al Hera Islam, who was a passenger in the Honda, died of her injuries at a local hospital. Ms. Islam was from New Jersey and her family members there were notified of her death.

A 29-year-old man who was also a passenger in the Honda was hospitalized with life-threatening injuries. The other two occupants of the Honda, a man and woman, and both occupants of the Dodge, also a man and woman, remain hospitalized with injuries varying from serious to critical.

The Washington County Crash Analysis Reconstruction Team (CART) responded to the scene. Investigators are looking at high speed as a factor in the crash and criminal charges are possible in the future.

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