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Jakob Paul Azevedo was found guilty of second-degree manslaughter, reckless driving involving 2019 head-on crash

COURTESY FILE PHOTO: WASHINGTON COUNTY SHERIFF'S OFFICE - A head-on collision involving Jakob Paul Azevedo killed Pyanin Sin on Nov. 11, 2019. A Washington County jury found Jakob Paul Azevedo guilty of second-degree manslaughter and reckless driving on June 8.A Washington County jury found Jakob Paul Azevedo guilty of second-degree manslaughter and reckless driving on June 8, following the death of an Aloha man almost three years ago after a head-on collision on Southwest Roy Rogers Road.

Azevedo also pleaded guilty to driving under the influence of intoxicants.

The fatal collision occurred Nov. 11, 2019, when Azevedo was driving a Ford F-350 pickup south on Roy Rogers Road headed to Sherwood.

As he crossed the bridge over the Tualatin River, just outside Sherwood city limits, Azevedo veered into the oncoming lane and collided head-on with a small BMW convertible driven by Pyanin Sin, according to a news release from the Washington County District Attorney's Office.

The BMW suffered catastrophic damage and spun into the concrete barrier before coming to rest in the center of the roadway. Azevedo's truck flipped on its side and slid several feet down the road before coming to a rest.

First responders removed Sin from his crushed vehicle, and he was transported to Oregon Health & Science University by Life Flight helicopter ambulance. He died from his injuries a short time later.

Azevedo, who only suffered minor injuries, repeatedly denied to police and medical providers that he consumed alcohol that night even though the crash scattered beer cans from his truck onto the roadway, according to the DA's Office.

In addition, medical testing later revealed Mr. Azevedo's blood alcohol content was 0.17% almost two hours after impact. Under Oregon law, anyone with a blood alcohol level of 0.08% or more is considered intoxicated.

After the trial jury was selected, and shortly before opening statements, Azevedo chose to plead guilty to the DUII charge. The evidence at trial then resulted in the jury finding him guilty of the remaining counts.

While initial reports after the crash incorrectly placed the blame on the victim, an extensive follow-up investigation by the DA's Office, which included the county's Crash Analysis and Reconstruction Team, proved Azevedo was at fault, according to the district attorney.

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