BENTON COUNTY, Ore. — Deputies arrested two people in connection with a fatal crash that killed a motorcyclist on Sept. 30.
Veronica Avila Diaz, 28, was driving a van south along Highway 99W when the van lost control, crossed the center line and hit a motorcycle, killing the driver, 72-year-old Kenneth Douglas Carroll.
Diaz and her husband Jose Cejas Gutierrez, 31, along with their three children were treated by Corvallis Fire and Monroe Fire personnel and released at the scene. Investigators say Diaz and Gutierrez were distracted, using a cell phone to take pictures immediately before they lost control of the van.
Deputies arrested Diaz and Gutierrez Thursday. Diaz faces charges for second-degree manslaughter, reckless driving and reckless endangering. Gutierrez faces charges for hindering prosecution and interfering with a police officer.