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Baby dies in crash on I-5 in Vancouver; arrest made

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VANCOUVER, WA (KPTV) -

A Beaverton man made his first court appearance today after a 3-month-old baby died in a crash on Interstate 5 in southwest Washington.

Investigators said a 1999 Acura sedan, driven by 26-year-old Christopher Roman, lost control near the Main Street overpass and hit the median around 9:30 p.m. Sunday.

Roman's car then plowed into the back of a 1988 Acura coupe that was parked on the left-hand shoulder with car trouble, troopers said.

The baby in the parked car died at the scene and both cars were totaled in the crash, investigators said.

Paramedics sent the driver of the parked Acura, 21-year-old Tera Pena of Burien, WA, to Southwest Washington Medical Center with neck and back pain.

Troopers said Pena's passenger, 23-year-old Angel Pena of Kent, also ended up at the hospital with a cut to his head and an injured leg.

The Penas are the parents of the baby who died.

Troopers said drugs or alcohol played a role in the crash.

Roman went to the hospital for treatment for several cuts, investigators said. He was later released and appeared in front of a judge at the Clark County Courthouse on Monday morning.

Roman, who wore a green smock and had a bandage on his face, had little to say, only "Yes, please," when the judge asked him if he wanted to be appointed an attorney.

Prosecutors said Roman had a prior driving under the influence conviction in California in 2006, as well as a probation violation from that case in 2007.

A judge has set Roman's bail at $200,000. His arraignment is set for Sept. 2.

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