Portland traffic deaths reach 35; police arrest driver
Portland traffic deaths reached a grim tally — 35 for all of 2020 so far — after an allegedly drunk motorist slammed into a Portland restaurant on Friday, Sept. 11.
There were 49 traffic fatalities in 2019, 34 in 2018 and 45 in 2017.
Authorities say Christopher Copeland, 36, the restaurant manager at Eastburn Public House, died at the scene after a silver Subaru traveling on Southeast 18th Avenue "ran the stop sign and darted across East Burnside," causing the car to be struck by an eastbound pick-up truck, according to a probable cause affidavit. Witnesses told police the car was speeding.
After traveling into the truck's path, the Subaru flipped on its side and then hit Copeland, pinning him to the brick wall while he was serving customers at the restaurant.
Portland resident Aidan Scott Moran, 18, faces charges of second-degree manslaughter, DUII, reckless driving and reckless endangering.
Police say Moran admitted to drinking several 25-ounce hard seltzers and registered a 0.12% blood-alcohol content.
Police say two young men inside the car grabbed their wallets and fled the scene, but Moran identified them to authorities and one later returned to be interviewed.
Moran remains in custody at the downtown jail at this time.
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