Police: Driver speeding in crash that killed mom

Shana Lucas was driving with her 8-year-old daughter when the crash happened

Estaban Alvarez-Ayala. (Marion County Sheriff's Office)

SALEM, Ore. (KOIN) – A 19-year-old man is charged with second-degree manslaughter, second-degree assault and reckless driving after causing a crash that killed a young mother and injured her daughter, according to court documents.

The crash happened July 21 around 11:30 a.m. in the 1900 block of Silverton Road Northeast.

Esteban Alvarez-Ayala told investigators he was in the slow lane and was passing a vehicle traveling in the fast lane, records show. Alvarez-Ayala said he was going about 5 miles per hour over the posted speed limit of 35 miles per hour.

A witness, however, contradicts Alvarez-Ayala’s account of his speed. The witness told police that Alvarez-Ayala was likely traveling 70 miles per hour, according to court documents.

Alvarez-Ayala said while he was passing the vehicle, he lost control of his vehicle when he “jerked” the steering wheel. His vehicle crossed the center line and crashed head on into a vehicle carrying two people, an adult and an 8-year-old girl.

The driver, Shana Lucas, died on scene. Her daughter was taken to the hospital with a broken arm and shoulder.

Bail was set at $150,000 for Alvarez-Ayala. He has since posted his bail and has been released.

He is scheduled to be back in court on Aug. 1

Driver 19-year-old Esteban Alvarez-Ayala, was arrested on charges of manslaughter, reckless driving and assault. (Salem Police)
Driver 19-year-old Esteban Alvarez-Ayala, was arrested on charges of manslaughter, reckless driving and assault. (Salem Police)

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