Street racing may have caused fatal accident north of McMinnville

0506 McMinnville AccidentYamhill County, Ore. – A fatal accident on Highway 99 north of McMinnville may have been caused by racing vehicles.

Oregon State Police say the accident took place Wednesday night around 9:00 near milepost 34 in Yamhill County.

According to officers, a 2010 Mitsubishi Lancer was traveling northbound on Highway 99 when it apparently lost control, drove across the center median, and struck an oncoming Honda minivan nearly head-on.

The driver of the Mitsubishi, identified by officers at 24-year-old McMinnville resident Jeromy Hopper, was transported to the hospital with serious injuries. Jeromy’s passenger, 19-year-old Natasha Fisher, also from McMinnville, was taken to the hospital with critical injures.

The driver of the Honda, 43-year-old McMinnville resident Martinez Marquez, was pronounced dead at the scene. Martinez Marquez’s passenger, 33-year-old Bonifacio Garcia, was taken to the hospital with serious injuries.

Police say a driver of a separate Mitsubishi Lancer remained on the scene after the crash. Speed racing is being investigated as a factor in the crash.

OSP says the highway was closed for roughly 8 hours following the crash.

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