Driver arrested in Gresham crash that killed 9-year-old girl
A 20-year-old driver has been arrested in connection with a fatal crash in March that killed a 9-year-old girl and injured her mother and sister while the family was walking near downtown Gresham.
Cameron A. King was taken into custody Thursday, May 13, and faces charges of criminally negligent homicide and two counts of fourth-degree assault. He is lodged in the Multnomah County Jail on bail of $25,000.
Baylei Bissonette, 9, died at the scene. Her mother and two-year-old sister were hospitalized with non-life-threatening injuries. The youngest daughter spent several days in intensive care at Doernbecher Children's Hospital with a skull fracture.
According to police, around 5:50 p.m. March 6, King jumped the curb while driving along Northwest Eastman Parkway and Northwest Third Street, striking the family. Police said he stayed at the scene and cooperated with the investigation.
In the aftermath of the crash, loved ones left a memorial to remember Baylei. They described her as a devoted big sister who loved to dance and had limitless energy.
"Maggie and I are still healing (every day) and we work to try and get used to life without Baylei," wrote Victoria Martins-Read, the mother, on GoFundMe. "We spend a little time each day to remember her — we will never (forget) what was taken from us."
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