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News Release
Motorcyclist Killed, causing driver arrested. - 08/20/20

On 8/19/2020 at 5:20 pm CCSO deputies and EMS personnel were dispatched to a collision between a work van and a motorcycle, in the intersection of NE 47th Avenue and NE Minnehaha Street.  

Upon arrival, it was immediately apparent that the motorcyclist had been killed.  The driver of the work van remained on scene.  The CCSO Traffic Unit was dispatched to the scene and conducted the investigation with the help of patrol deputies.  Information obtained from witnesses and evidence gathered at the scene revealed the following:

Carlos J. Hoyos-Gonzalez, age 26, was driving a Ford Econoline work van westbound on NE Minnehaha.  Witnesses reported that it appeared he had been racing a purple Lexus sedan.  The work van was in the left lane and the Lexus was in the right lane.  At the intersection of NE 47th Avenue, the Lexus reportedly made a right turn to the north.  Hoyos-Gonzalez drove his van into the intersection, and made a sweeping counterclockwise 270-degree turn in the intersection.  In the process of doing so, the van was struck by a motorcycle which had been traveling westbound on Minnehaha behind the vehicles.  The motorcyclist, identified as Mark Holm, age 59 of Vancouver, was killed instantly.

Hoyos-Gonzalez exhibited obvious signs of impairment.  His vehicle had also been reported in at least two prior hit and run collisions, not long before this one.  Hoyos-Gonzalez was arrested and booked into the Clark County Jail for Vehicular Homicide.

NE Minnehaha Street is a multilane east/west main roadway that runs from Hazel Dell to Orchards.  Posted speed limit is 40 mph.

This is an active investigation.  Detectives would like to interview the driver of the alleged involved Lexus sedan.

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