Man charged with manslaughter after pedestrian crash
A 38-year-old man is facing a manslaughter charge after allegedly causing a deadly crash in Gresham and then fleeing the scene.
On Monday, Nov. 25, a four-count charging document was filed against David Thomas Haugen by the Multnomah County District Attorney's Office. Haugen is facing charges of second-degree manslaughter, failing to perform the duties of a driver and two counts of driving under the influence of intoxicants.
Around 4:52 p.m. Saturday, Nov. 23, Gresham Police officers and Multnomah County Sheriff's Office deputies responded to the intersection of Northeast Halsey Street and Northeast 192nd Avenue on reports of a serious vehicular crash.
Law enforcement learned a truck traveling eastbound at a high rate of speed on Halsey struck 21-year-old Zachary O'Leary, who was crossing the street in a marked crosswalk. According to court documents, O'Leary was hit with such force that he flew into the air. Officers said he landed almost 100 feet from the point of impact.
About 25 minutes after the crash was reported, Haugen walked to the crime scene and told officers he had caused the crash. It was later determined he had returned to the scene in the same vehicle he was driving at the time of the crash.
The vehicle was a pickup truck with significant damage to the front, law enforcement said.
Officers said Haugen had bloodshot, watery and glassy eyes and had a "strong and distinct odor of an alcoholic beverage" coming from his breath, court documents showed.
A certified drug recognition expert conducted an examination of Haugen. During that examination, Haugen allegedly admitted to drinking alcohol in the afternoon before the crash and to smoking marijuana in the morning. Court documents show Haugen had a blood alcohol content of .11%.
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