Multnomah County Sheriffs deputies have arrested a 28-year-old man accused of drunk driving when he crashed into a power pole Sunday morning in Northeast Portland, killing one passenger and injuring himself and four others.
Gawayne J. Streeter is expected to make his first court appearance Tuesday afternoon in Multnomah County Circuit Court. He was arrested following his release from an area hospital.
Investigators with the East Multnomah County Vehicle Crimes Team detained Streeter Sunday morning after deputies responded to the single-car crash near the intersection of Northeast Fremont Street and 102nd Avenue. He is charged with one count each of first-degree manslaughter, reckless driving, failure to perform the duties of a driver (hit and run), driving under the influence of intoxicants, second-degree criminal mischief and two counts of second-degree assault.
A sheriffs office spokesperson said investigators have determined there were six men inside the vehicle. Portland police Lt. Derrick Peterson said Streeter was driving well over the legal limit and lost control. The right rear passenger died on scene. A second passenger was ejected and suffered serious injuries. A third passenger, who was not seriously hurt, got out of the vehicle following the crash and walked away. A fourth, who did not require hospitalization, was arrested on an outstanding warrant. None of their names have been released.
Meanwhile, the man who was killed was not wearing a seatbelt.
Even if he had worn his seatbelt, due to the severity of the direct impact he would not have survived the crash, Peterson said.