SWEET HOME, Ore. -- Residents on Brush Creek Road near Sweet Home are concerned about drunk drivers on their road after two fatal crashes days apart left three dead.
Stormy Barge and her 5-year-old daughter Emma Pulido died in a two-car accident early Tuesday night after being hit by a suspected drunk driver.
Brian McIntire, 29, was arrested and taken to the Linn County Jail on charges of driving under the influence of intoxicants, two counts of first-degree manslaughter and reckless driving.
In place of the crash is now a memorial consisting of flowers, stuffed animals and crosses bearing Barge and Pulido's names.
And on Sunday, a Springfield man died in a crash on the same road. The Linn County Sheriff's Office said Jackie Saari, 27, was pronounced dead at the scene. Alcohol and speed are believed to have been factors in that crash, as well.
But the history of crashes on Brush Creek Road goes back further, according to nearby residents.
"In December of 2017, right across the road (from the latest crash), I found a car in the ditch with a 74-year-old woman because she came around this corner too fast," said Roger Bell, who said he has been driving on this road for over a decade. "A lot of us in this area feel that this road needs to have some flashing lights on this corner to let people know they need to slow down."
According to Mothers Against Drunk Driving (MADD), the number of alcohol-related traffic offenses was on the way down but has been trending upwards in the past few years. KEZI 9 News reached out to ODOT to provide statistics to support this claim, but they were unable to collect them in time for this story.
MADD said they want change in the state of Oregon.
"At this point, we are one of the few states that don't allow sobriety checkpoints, and it's something that we've been trying to get passed in the legislature to get referred to the people as a vote," program specialist Cate Duke said.
McIntire is expected back in court for a status hearing on Aug. 26.
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