A man died Sunday morning, another was seriously injured and a third was booked on five charges - including DUII and manslaughter - after a one-vehicle wreck on Highway 730 about 11 miles east of Hermiston.

The Oregon State Police reports troopers were dispatched to Milepost 196 at 7:04 a.m. where they found a 1997 Pontiac Grand Prix overturned about 30 yards off the highway. All three passengers were from Entiat, Wash.

Rear passenger Jose E. Ramirez Chavarria, 23, was pronounced dead at the scene. Front right passenger Martin Ramirez, 28, was transported by air ambulance to Legacy Emanuel Medical Center in Portland with serious injuries.

The vehicle was driven by Acosta Gonzalo, 32, who was negotiating a left curve when the vehicle drove onto the right shoulder. OSP determined he over-corrected and rolled numerous times before the vehicle came to rest on its top.

Gonzalo was transported by ambulance to Good Shepherd Medical Center in Hermiston with minor injuries. After release from the hospital, OSP troopers took him into custody and booked him in the Umatilla County Jail on the following charges: first degree manslaughter, criminally negligent homicide, second degree assault, driving under the influence of intoxicants and reckless driving.

OSP reports all three men were using safety restraints.

OSP troopers from the Pendleton Area Command office are continuing the investigation with the assistance of the Umatilla County district attorney's office.

Umatilla Police Department, Hermiston Fire Department, and ODOT also assisted at the scene.


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