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Silverton man indicted for manslaughter after fatal hit-and-run

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A Silverton man has been indicted for manslaughter after an alleged hit-and-run collision in Salem May 21 that killed a Keizer teenager.

Gustavo Sosa, 27, was indicted May 26 in Marion County Circuit Court on multiple charges including first-degree manslaughter, fourth-degree assault, reckless driving, failure to perform duties of a driver to seriously injured persons and two counts of recklessly endangering another person.

He faces at least 10 years in prison if convicted and is due back in court June 8 to potentially enter a plea to the charges.

Sosa turned himself in May 22 following a collision the day before at the intersection of Lancaster Dr. and Beverly Ave. NE that resulted in the death of 16-year-old Victor Andre Cortez-Andrade.

The Salem Police Department said in a press release the driver of a passenger vehicle, later identified as Sosa, allegedly rear-ended two vehicles while southbound on Lancaster Dr. Each of the victim vehicles had two occupants.

When police arrived, Sosa had allegedly fled the scene. While authorities were planning a manhunt, Sosa turned himself in May 22 and remains lodged in the Marion County Jail without bail.

Cortez-Andrade was hospitalized at Salem Health with life-threatening injuries and later died the morning of May 23, said police.

Sosa was originally suspected of being intoxicated during the collision and was booked on a charge of DUII. Prosecutors chose not to pursue this charge and it was not included in the May 26 indictment.

Sosa was previously arrested in 2019 for assaulting a woman and threatening her with a knife in a domestic disturbance that occurred in front of a young child. He pleaded guilty in 2020 to strangulation, unlawful use of a weapon and menacing and was sentenced to 30 days in jail and three years of probation.

He also pleaded guilty to DUII in a separate case in 2022 and was sentenced to 90 days in jail.

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