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Pickup Crashes Off I-405, Kills Sleeping Man
by James Daniels - The Oregon Herald
  Friday May 14, 2010 - 11:14 AM
 
PORTLAND, Oregon -- A pickup truck that crashed off Interstate 405 struck and killed a homeless man sleeping off the freeway, police said. Officers were called to the wreck on I-405 northbound under Burnside Street at about 11 p.m. Thursday. A police spokeswoman said the driver lost control of the truck and it went off the right shoulder before it rolled over. Ismail Haidar, a witness, said he heard three distinct bangs and then saw smoke and dust in the air. "I didn't know what to do. Actually, I panicked," Haidar said. "I called 911 … I thought I might go and help survivors.

It was a nightmare indeed." The driver, 23-year-old Alvaro Lugos-Ponce, and his three passengers, all suffered injuries in the crash, police said. They were taken to Legacy Emanuel Hospital with injuries that weren't life-threatening. Speed and alcohol were factors in the wreck, officers said, and the police bureau's major crash team is still investigating. Police said Lugos-Ponce is facing charges of second-degree manslaughter, second-degree assault, fourth-degree assault, driving under the influence and reckless driving. Officers are still trying to determine the identity of the man hit by the truck.

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