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High-speed crash injures four in Ashland

A pickup loaded with seven people and traveling at high speed crashed into four parked vehicles early Sunday morning on a residential street in Ashland and left the driver and three passengers injured.

Kelly Vilarino, 22, of Ashland was listed in fair condition at Rogue Valley Medical Center. Ashland Police Officer Jason Daoust said Vilarino was ejected from the vehicle at the time of the crash and was still in intensive care Sunday night.

Her twin sister, Nicole Vilarino, 22, of Ashland also was listed in fair condition at RVMC.

Katherine Cox, 22, of Medford also was transported to the hospital, but Daoust wasn't sure of her condition.

Ashland police arrested the driver, William Archer, for driving under the influence of intoxicants, six counts of reckless endangering, five counts of criminal mischief and three counts of assault in the second degree. Archer, 40, lives in the 4000 block of Highway 66.

Daoust said Archer suffered lacerations to his upper-left arm requiring stitches, had a laceration between his eyes and also suffered a cut to his retina that required surgery. Ashland Community Hospital reported he had been released Sunday morning.

Three other passengers, Hope VanLandingham, 21, of Ashland, Sunny Davis, 22, of Eugene and Richard Teniente Jr., 27, of Ashland did not require hospitalization, said Daoust.

Archer was traveling southbound on California Street between East Main Street and Quincy Street around 2:40 a.m. when he lost control of the pickup and crashed into four parked vehicles, according to preliminary investigations into the incident.

"Another officer said it was the worst crash he had seen in Ashland since he'd been there," said Daoust, who also thought it was the worst accident he'd seen as well.

From the first vehicle that was damaged to the location where the truck finally came to a stop was almost a block long, said Daoust.

Daoust, who tried to interview Archer after the accident, said of the driver, "I could smell the odor of alcohol coming from him."

The accident occurred on a street that is a short distance from both Southern Oregon University and Ashland High School.

"I'm just glad that everybody appears to be somewhat OK," said Daoust.

Reach reporter Damian Mann at 776-4476 or dmann@mailtribune.com.