A Portland man was arrested shortly after 10 a.m. Friday on charges of manslaughter in connection to a crash on U.S. Highway 26 that killed four people, including one Bend woman, according to news release from the Oregon State Police.
Andrey Blashishin, 22, was indicted on four counts of manslaughter and one count of assault following the fatal crash, which occurred in early May roughly eight miles east of Government Camp. He was lodged at the Northern Oregon Correctional Facility with $300,000 bail, the release reported.
The accident occurred when Blashishin, driving east on U.S. Highway 26, crossed the center line and crashed into a oncoming car driven by Bend resident Dean Matlick, 55, according to the release.
Matlick's wife, Jacqueline Mae Matlick, 56, was killed in the accident. Blashishin's three passengers, which included his sister Natalia Blashishin, 23, Diana Timofeyeva, 19, and Ruvim Buga, 16, all of Portland, were also killed in the crash, according to the release.
If convicted of manslaughter, Andrey Blashishin will face a mandatory minimum sentence of six years and three months.