A man who hit and killed an 11-year-old boy walking to school in Gresham in January 2020 has been sentenced to seven years in prison.
The victim was Luis Medina-Estrada, whom family described as quiet and sweet. He enjoyed spending time with his sister and loved anything that had to do with being in the water.
"Every day one of my children asks me why their brother is not here," said Medina-Estrada's mother. "It is a very difficult thing — the punishment is never enough when the child is taken away."
Garrett Bergquist, 27, was sentenced to seven years with an additional three years of parole and a lifetime revocation of his driving privileges. The sentencing was announced Monday morning, Aug. 30, by the Multnomah County District Attorney's Office.
The deadly crash occurred a few blocks from Dexter McCarty Middle School. On Monday, Jan. 6, 2020, the first day back from winter break, Medina-Estrada was struck while crossing the street at the intersection of Southeast Hogan Road and Southeast Fifth Street.
Bergquist ran a red light and fatally struck Medina-Estrada, who was in a marked crosswalk with the light. The Dexter McCarty student was pronounced dead at the scene.
According to witnesses, Bergquist was speeding at the time of the fatal crash, with court documents estimating his speed between 40 and 70 miles per hour. Court documents said another driver honked their horn in an attempt to get Medina-Estrada's attention as the fatal events unfolded.
After the impact, police said Bergquist exited his vehicle with his phone in hand, and walked the 30 feet behind him to the child's body. Court documents said he did this about three times. Further investigation concluded Bergquist was under the influence of narcotics.
He was arraigned at the Multnomah County Justice Center the following day, and was charged with first-degree manslaughter, second-degree manslaughter, driving under the influence of intoxicants and reckless driving.
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