Oakridge man arrested for manslaughter in triple fatal crash on Highway 58 last May

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An Oakridge man was arrested Friday and could face manslaughter charges in connection with a triple fatal car crash on Highway 58 near Oakridge that left three Washington state residents dead on May 30.

The suspect, a 31-year-old Oakridge man, was arrested on suspicion of three counts of manslaughter, DUII, third-degree assault, two counts of fourth-degree assault and criminal mischief, Oregon State Police said in a news release. He has remained lodged in Lane County jail.

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The suspect was one of the drivers in the crash that happened near milepost 27 west of Oakridge at around 10:15 a.m. May 30. Police said the suspect was driving westbound in a Ford Taurus and passing in a no passing zone when he collided with a westbound Chrysler Town and Country minivan.

The Taurus driver then crashed head-on into an eastbound Mazda 3, killing three passengers and injuring another, police said. The three killed were driver Jagadish Chandrasekaren, 31, Adharsh Murali, 25, and Jignesh Modi, 27, all Washington residents.

The suspect was transported to a hospital following the crash, and the Town and Country driver was not immediately transported but later went to the hospital for treatment, according to police.

Police said a fourth vehicle, possibly a blue pickup, was also involved in the crash but left the scene without providing information, and asked for anyone who witnessed the crash or had information to contact OSP's northern command center at 1-800-442-0776 or *OSP and leave information for Trooper Phillips regarding case SP21-144382.

Louis Krauss covers breaking news for The Register-Guard. Contact him at lkrauss@registerguard.com, and follow him on Twitter @LouisKraussNews.

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