—Update to original and follow up release—
This evening Monmouth Police arrested Dyllan D. Coons, charging him with Criminally Negligent Homicide (Class B Felony) and Failure to Perform the Duties of a Driver to Injured Persons (Class B Felony). Coons, a 19 year old from Dallas, Oregon, was identified as the driver of a vehicle that struck Santiago Amaya as he was walking at about 5:45 a.m. in the 1100 block of Main St. on Friday, Sept. 7. Amaya suffered critical injuries at the time and was transported to the Salem Hospital for treatment. Amaya passed away on September 12 as a result of those injuries.
Over the past week, Monmouth Police investigators conducted interviews, collected evidence and consulted with the District Attorney’s Office. Investigators also remained in contact with the Amaya family throughout the week. The investigation is very complex and involves investigators from multiple agencies.
Coons was taken into custody at his home without incident. He is currently lodged at the Polk County Jail. The investigation continues and additional charges may be filed.
During this investigation, the Monmouth Police Department has been assisted by the Independence Police Department, Oregon State Police, Polk County District Attorney’s Office and members of the Polk County Major Crimes Team.
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