A two-vehicle crash Saturday near Hermiston sent three people to hospitals, and the Umatilla County Sheriff’s Office arrested one man in connection to the wreck.
Efrain Narcizo-Mateos, 23, of Richland, Washington, is in the county jail, Pendleton, on the following charges: driving under the influence of intoxicants, reckless driving, hit and run with injury and three counts each of reckless endangering and second-degree assault.
The crash occurred Saturday night around 8:30 at Westland and Agnew roads, Hermiston, according to police and fire reports. The Umatilla County Sheriff’s Office investigated the crash with help from Oregon State Police.
The sheriff’s office in a written statement reported Narcizo-Mateos was driving a 2004 GMC Envoy west on Westland Road, crossed into the eastbound lane and headed straight for a 2012 red Ford.
Brady Frischman, 25, of Gresham, was at the wheel of the Ford and had two passengers, Daniel Breece, 22, of Portland, and Alyssa Ray, 23, of Philomath. Frischman tried to avoid the crash, according to the sheriff’s statement, and the Envoy struck the Ford’s passenger side.
Rescuers with the Umatilla County Fire District 1 used saws and hydraulic tools to free Breece from the wreckage, the sheriff’s office reported, and a helicopter ambulance flew him to Kadlac Regional Medical Center, Richland, Washington. Ambulances took Frischman and Ray to Good Shepherd Medical Center, Hermiston.
Sheriff Terry Rowan reported “their injuries were significant, but all three seem to be doing OK.”
Narcizo-Mateos faced preliminary charges Monday morning in circuit court in Hermiston. His next hearing is April 24 after a grand jury reviews the case for possible charges.