Man, 38, to face vehicular homicide charge 17 years later

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SALEM, Ore. -- A man sought for 17 years in a fatal traffic crash in Marion County has been returned to Oregon to face vehicular homicide charges after nearly a year in federal custody for entering the country illegally.

The Salem Statesman Journal reports that 38-year-old Jose Luis Sanchez was arrested by border patrol agents in Arizona in January.

The State Police say he was linked by fingerprints to a warrant for his arrest on the Oregon charges.

Troopers say that Aug. 7, 1995, he was a 21-year-old Prineville resident driving a speeding car on Highway 22 near Idanha in Marion County.

Troopers said the car missed a curve and hit trees, killing a passenger, 22-year-old Jesus Gonzalez-Sanchez, also of Prineville.