By News-Register staff • 

Crash kills McMinnville 4-year-old

A 4-year-old McMinnville girl was killed Saturday morning in a two-vehicle crash on the Highway 18 Newberg-Dundee Bypass.

The crash was reported about 5:30 a.m. and the Oregon State Police gave this account:

Erika Jaklen Sanchez Arias, 22, of Dayton, was driving a Nissan Kick westbound when she crossed the centerline and collided head-on with a Toyota Corolla operated by Amy Lynn Shelburne, 34, of McMinnville.

The 4-year-old, who was not identified, was a passenger in the vehicle driven by Shelburne.

The two drivers and the girl were transported by air and ground ambulance to the Oregon Health & Science University Hospital in Portland. The 4-year-old died at the hospital. Arias and Shelburne sustained critical injuries, according to OSP.

The crash remains under investigation but alcohol is being investigated as a contributing factor, OSP said.





Oh my word...this is just so sad to read.

Erin C.

Awful. What a nightmare.


Tragic! According to a FB post I saw, the mother "is hanging in there, she is still in ICU in and out of it, and a ton of broken bones" as of 2 days ago..........


That bypass needs more law enforcement monitoring as so many like to treat it as if it were the Autobahn! Early morning drivers (as well as at other times) go far over the speed limit. It is too bad that when they built the bypass that they didn't include a barrier between the two lanes of traffic. Tragically a little girl's life is lost and added to the death toll...


Speed wasn't the issue in this accident - alcohol was.

No cure for that epidemic.

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