VALE — A Nyssa man is heading to court facing multiple felonies following a crash in July that sent several people to a local hospital.
On Tuesday morning, Floriberto Trinidad Guzman, who was 27 at the time of the incident, pleaded not guilty to five felony charges of assault in the third degree. He also has one misdemeanor of assault in the fourth degree, driving under the influence of intoxicants and reckless driving.
A two-day 12-person jury trial for Trinidad Guzman is currently scheduled for Jan. 13 with pre-trial calls on Jan. 3 and Jan. 10.
On July 12, Trinidad Guzman was driving a Nissan Frontier on Clark Boulevard when he failed to stop at a stop sign, Malheur County Sheriff Brian Wolfe said. Instead, he traveled through the intersection, striking a Ford Expedition traveling east on Railroad Avenue, by Margaritas Vargas, 35, of Vale, according to a desk log from Oregon State Police, who had four minor passengers with her.
Trinidad Guzman’s blood alcohol content was .19, more than twice Oregon’s legal limit of .08.
Those passengers were two 15-year-old girls, a 14-year-old girl and a 4-year-old boy, all from Vale.
The crash resulted in all of the occupants in both vehicles being taken to the hospital. Two were taken by Life Flight, including Trinidad Guzman and one of the 15-year-old girls. Guzman’s injuries ended up being treated and he was released at Saint Alphonsus Regional Medical Center-Ontario. He was subsequently arrested by waiting deputies and taken to Malheur County Jail.
Some time later, the 4-year-old boy was transported from the hospital to Boise via Life Flight for very serious injuries.
Oregon State Police, Ontario Fire and Treasure Valley Paramedics assisted with the crash.