Investigators say they believe alcohol may be a contributing factor.
A 24-year-old man has been arrested after police alleged he killed four people when his car left the road and hit a homeless camp in Salem, Oregon.
According to online prison records, Enrique Rodriguez was arrested without bail on Monday for multiple murders in Salem.
The episode unfolded around 2 a.m. Sunday when Rodriguez’s sports car veered off the road, jumped onto a sidewalk, and crashed into several tents, according to the Salem Police Department.
Two were pronounced dead at the scene in north-east Salem and two others died after being taken to Salem Health Hospital, police said. Three more people, all believed to be living in homeless camps, were hospitalized with injuries.
The cause of the accident is under investigation. Police said in a statement that investigators “believe alcohol may be a contributing factor.”
A preliminary investigation by the Salem Police Traffic Team indicated that Rodriguez was driving a two-door sports coupe northward when the car left the road and crashed into a tent, pinning two people under the car.
The names of those killed and injured were not immediately released.
Rodriguez was the only passenger in the car and was taken to hospital with injuries, police said.
He was later charged in Marion County Jail with four counts of first-degree murder and six counts of second-degree assault, third-degree assault and reckless endangerment.
Police said it was not clear how many people were in the camp at the time of the incident and questions have been sent to the Marion County District Attorney’s Office.
The homeless camp was on the Oregon Department of Transportation (ODOT) property and just a few feet from a railroad, according to Portland’s ABC affiliated station KATU.
KATU News Crew reported at the same homeless camp about a week ago when neighboring business owners expressed frustration with the city’s management of the homeless problem.