Gresham police officers responded to the Berry Ridge Apartments (2711 W Powell Boulevard, Gresham, Ore.) in the early morning hours on April 24, after a man crashed into a pedestrian walking a dog before hitting an apartment building. At 2:44 a.m., police, fire and medical personnel were dispatched to building B, where 31-year-old Gresham resident Craig Brian Day II had just crashed his 2001 Nissan Xterra into an apartment. Officers arrived and found Day pinned-in the vehicle and 40-year-old Gresham resident Joshua Grant with a broken leg nearby. Grant had been walking his dog, a Labrador Retriever mix, when they were struck by Day's vehicle; killing the dog instantly. Grant and Day were transported via ambulance to Oregon Health Sciences University, where Grant is being treated for his broken leg and other non-life-threatening injuries. Day was admitted to the hospital with injuries to his head and neck.
Witnesses say that moments before the crash, Day was traveling westbound on W Powell Boulevard at 50 to 60 miles per hour. He apparently hit a curb at Bryn Mawr Way, causing the car to careen out of control and roll at least once before crashing into an apartment occupied by 53-year-old Marion Wood. Wood was not injured.
The Vehicular Crimes Team was called to the scene and is investigating the crash. They have been able to determine that speed and alcohol were factors in this case. Day is facing charges that include DUII, Reckless Driving, Assault II, Criminal Mischief II and Animal Abuse II for causing the death of Grant's dog.