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Driver Involved in May 7th Quadruple Fatal Crash East of Government Camp ArrestedSalem-News.com
The crash in May left four people dead, including the driver's sister.
(GOVERNMENT CAMP) - Police say the driver of a car involved in a May 7th fatal traffic crash on Highway 26 east of Government Camp that resulted in the death of four people, was arrested Friday morning following an indictment by the Wasco County Grand Jury.
22-year old Andrey A. Blashishen northeast Portland, was arrested without incident just after 10:00 this morning at his residence by Oregon State Police Sergeant Pat Shortt, Senior Trooper Thad Routson, and Detective Dan Swift.
Blashishin was indicted by the Grand Jury on four counts of Manslaughter in the Second Degree and one count of Assault in the Third Degree. The indictment was the result of an Oregon State Police investigation into a two-vehicle fatal crash on May 7, 2006 at approximately 1:20 PM on Highway 26, about eight miles east of Government Camp.
The indictment alleges that Blashishin recklessly caused the deaths of four people, and serious injury to a fifth person, while operating a 1999 BMW four-door eastbound on Highway 26 near milepost 64.
Investigators say the car crossed the centerline and crashed into a westbound 2004 Dodge Intrepid driven by 55-year old Gary Dean Matlick of Bend.
Three passengers in the BMW were pronounced deceased at the scene. They were 19-year old Diana Timofeyeva of northeast Portland; 16-year old Ruvim I. Buga of northeast Portland; and, 23-year old Natalia Blashishin of northeast Portland. Ruvim Buga and Natalia Blashishin, the driver's sister, reportedly lived at the same address as the driver.
56-year old Jacqueline Mae Matlick of Bend was also killed in the crash. She and her husband, Gary, were traveling to Portland to attend a concert.
Oregon State Police troopers transported Blashishin to the Northern Oregon Correctional Facility in The Dalles where he will lodged in lieu of $300,000 bail. According to the Wasco County District Attorney's Office, his initial court appearance is tentatively set for Monday, August 7th, at 1:00 PM.
Manslaughter in the Second Degree is a class B Felony. As a Measure 11 case, it carries a minimum sentence of 75 months in the custody of the Department of Corrections. Assault in the Third Degree is a class C Felony and any sentence imposed on such a charge would be governed by the Oregon Sentencing Guidelines.
Conviction of that charge could result in a potential probation sentence of a period of incarceration of up to 30 months in the custody of the Department of Corrections.
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