Early on the morning Oct. 12, 2014, Washington County Oregon deputies responded to a roll-over crash on Highway 26 where at least one person was ejected and two others fled the scene. They were eventually found and the driver is facing charges.
The driver, 61-year-old Joe Edward Abeyta of Cathlamet, Washington, was arrested on charges of Attempt to Elude by Vehicle, Driving Under the Influence of Intoxicants/Drugs (DUII), Reckless Driving, Reckless Endangerment, and Interfering with Public Transportation.
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This investigation determined that Celedonio Rivera, 41 of Palm Springs, was intoxicated at the time of the collision. Rivera made an unsafe turn and collided with another vehicle, Honda CRX. Rivera and the other driver did not sustain any injuries. Rivera was arrested and booked into the Riverside County Jail on suspicion of driving under the influence and for being an unlicensed driver.
Hart is facing felony charges of gross vehicular manslaughter, driving under the influence resulting in great bodily injury and leaving the scene of an accident, as well as a misdemeanor charge of driving on a suspended license.