Drunken driver sentenced to nearly 8 years in prison for deadly crash near Woodburn

Leovigildo Torralba-Arzola, jail booking photo

A drunken driver was sentenced to nearly eight years in prison for a crash that killed a woman near Woodburn last November.

Martha Aldama-Cruz, 34, of Woodburn, was pronounced dead at the crash scene on Highway 99E near Belle Passi Road on Nov. 15, 2015.

Investigators said she was one of three passengers in a 2000 Honda Odyssey that was being operated as a taxi.

The driver and two other passengers were also injured in the crash.

Police said the minivan was hit from behind by a 2002 Chevrolet Avalanche driven by Leovigildo Torralba-Arzola, 30, of Salem.

Investigators said Torralba-Arzola was driving home from a bar in Woodburn when the crash occurred. His blood alcohol level was at least .212, which is more than two times the legal limit.

Torralba-Arzola was going 85 mph when he hit the taxi, according to investigators.

Torralba-Arzola was convicted last week on charges of second-degree manslaughter, third-degree assault, fourth-degree assault and DUII.

He was sentenced Tuesday to 93 months in prison.

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