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Deputies: Driver on meth arrested, second driver killed in Hwy 20 crash

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Photo: Benton County Sheriff's Office Photo: Benton County Sheriff's Office
Photo: Benton County Sheriff's Office Photo: Benton County Sheriff's Office
Photo: Benton County Sheriff's Office Photo: Benton County Sheriff's Office
Damon Selves, previous booking photo from July 30 Damon Selves, previous booking photo from July 30
ALBANY, OR (KPTV) -

A man was killed in a head-on crash involving a driver who is now facing charges including manslaughter and DUII.

Emergency crews were called to the scene on Highway 20 in North Albany, east of Scenic Drive, at 7 a.m. Thursday.

Investigators said a 1995 Acura Integra driven by Damon Selves, 32, of Corvallis, was heading east on the highway when the car swerved into the westbound lane.

Witnesses said the driver tried to turn back into his own lane, but the car collided head-on with a 1993 Ford Escort wagon.

The driver of the second car was pronounced dead at the scene. He was identified as 37-year-old Gabriel Lopez of Eugene.

Lopez was wearing a seat belt.

Selves, who deputies said was not wearing a seat belt, was taken to the hospital with minor injuries. He was then arrested on charges of driving under the influence of intoxicants, reckless driving and manslaughter.

Investigators said the DUII charge involves the suspected use of drugs. Benton County Sheriff Scott Jackson said Selves admitted to using methamphetamine and tests at the hospital also indicated meth use.

Selves was previously booked in the Benton County Jail on July 30 on charges including possession of methamphetamine. He was released on Aug. 5, according to the jail's website.

Highway 20 was closed for more than two hours after the crash.

The Benton County Sheriff's Office is asking anyone who witnessed the crash or has any other information about this investigation to call Detective Sergeant David Peterson at 541-766-6820.

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