Man convicted of injuring woman in car crash dies in prison
An inmate at an eastern Oregon prison convicted of injuring a Forest Grove woman in a drunken car crash in 2015 has died unexpectedly, according to prison officials.
David Lokken, 55, was incarcerated at the Snake River Correctional Institution in Ontario, near the Idaho border. According to the Oregon Department of Corrections, Lokken was taken from the prison to a nearby hospital on Friday, Aug. 10, where he later died.
No cause of death has been released. A medical examiner will perform an autopsy on Lokken, and Oregon State Police will investigate the incident the Department of Corrections said.
Lokken was convicted by a Washington County jury in December 2015 after he crashed his car in Bethany while driving drunk, injuring himself and two others. His earliest scheduled release was August 2024.
According to court documents, Lokken was driving his 2004 BMW along Northwest 174th Avenue, near Hillsboro, at about 2:50 a.m., Aug. 6, 2014, when he lost control of the car and crashed into a tree near Northwest Carl Court. Lokken, who lived in Portland, had two passengers in his car, James Bergener, of Portland, and Sharee Lines, of Forest Grove.
The car flipped after striking the tree, landing on its side in a blackberry field. Lines was not wearing a seatbelt at the time of the crash and was thrown through the car's front windshield, according to the Washington County Sheriff's Office.
A jury convicted Lokken on two counts of second-degree assault, two counts of criminal mischief, driving under the influence of intoxicants and reckless driving.
Lokken had a lengthy criminal history dating back to the 1990s, including convictions for domestic abuse, forgery, possession of a controlled substance, robbery, assault, hit and run and identity theft.
The state's largest prison, Snake River houses about 3,000 inmates and runs an in-house infirmary with nurses on staff 24 hours per day, according to the Department of Corrections. Authorities did not say what prompted prison officials to transfer Lokken to the hospital.
"(The Oregon Department of Corrections) takes all in-custody deaths seriously," the department said in a written statement. "The agency is responsible for the care and custody of 14,700 men and women who are incarcerated in the 14 institutions across the state."
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