Alleged drunk driver indicted in deadly crash that killed two siblings

Austyn Hillsman's indictment comes six months after he allegedly crashed into three members of the Simonis family, killing two and injuring another.

Posted: Dec 18, 2020 5:59 PM

ALBANY, Ore. -- The man accused of crashing his car into another vehicle, killing two siblings and injuring another, was indicted Friday.

Austyn Hillsman, 21, was charged with five different counts, including two counts of first-degree manslaughter, one count of second-degree assault, driving under the influence of an intoxicant, and reckless driving.

His indictment comes six months after he allegedly crashed his pickup truck into a Honda carrying 19-year-old Caleb, 16-year-old Shelby, and 15-year-old Kylie Simonis back in May of this year.

The three were driving home to Sweet Home from Brownsville shortly after midnight along Highway 228 when Hillsman allegedly swerved into the eastbound lanes, striking the car. The state trooper at the scene wrote in the report that Hillsman was unsteady on his feet and was confused, and his eyes were glassy and bloodshot. He was also reportedly slurring his words, and there was a smell of alcohol on his breath. A toxicology test found Hillsman's blood alcohol content was .229 the night of the crash.

Caleb and Shelby died in the crash. Kylie survived and was taken to RiverBend Hospital for her injuries.

Their father, Jim Simonis, posted this on Facebook:

"Ok if this is wrong to post I don’t care. He is officially indicted. Let's be very clear this is NOT a good day. It will NOT be a good day when he’s sent to prison. Nothing about this is good. It's just another step. If anyone would like to write a victim impact statement we would very like that. Please email them to msalazar@co.linn.or.us. We don’t know any further dates at this time. It’s really in the defense's hands if they want to keep going or just finally take responsibility. Thank all of you for your continued love and support."

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