Suspected drunk driver hits, kills pedestrian in Portland – kgw.com

Teresa Blackman, KGW.com Staff 10:49 a.m. PST November 1, 2015

PORTLAND, Ore. — A pedestrian was struck and killed by a suspected impaired driver early Sunday morning in North Portland, police said.

The crash happened at 1 a.m., near the intersection of North Lombard Street and Peninsular Avenue.

“Officers and medical personnel arrived and located the crashed green 1999 Ford Explorer on the northwest corner of the intersection with the driver still in the vehicle,” said Sgt. Pete Simpson with the Portland Police Bureau. “A second person, initially thought to be a passenger in the vehicle, was found deceased and lying in the westbound lanes of the intersection.”

Officers quickly learned that the second person, a 27-year-old man, was a pedestrian struck by the driver approximately one block to east of the crash.

Witnesses told police that Matthew Freeman was driving at a high rate of speed westbound on Lombard prior to striking the victim and crashing into a power pole.

Freeman, 21, of North Portland, was arrested for manslaughter, criminally negligent homicide, recklessly endangering another person, reckless driving, and driving under the influence of intoxicants.  He was booked into the Multnomah County Jail and will be arraigned on Monday.

The victim’s name has not yet been released, pending notification of relatives.

Anyone with information about Freeman’s activities prior to the crash was asked to contact Officer David Enz at 503-823-2208, [email protected].

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