Charges filed in deadly Hwy. 30 crash

6-18-13-highway 30 crash
A smashed car is loaded onto a tow truck after being hit by a Mazda SUV that crossed the center line on Highway 30, according to law enforcement at the scene. The driver of this car died at the scene. (KOIN 6 News)

PORTLAND, Ore. (KOIN) – Prosecutors have filed charges against a 39-year-old man who drove under the influence of intoxicants and killed a man, officials said.

Mark Thomas remains hospitalized, but court documents obtained by KOIN 6 News reveal that the Multnomah County District Attorney’s Office intends to file charges of second-degree manslaughter and DUII. Deputy District Attorney Brian Davidson, who is prosecuting the case, declined to comment any more on the case since it is still pending.

According to Oregon State Police, on Tuesday afternoon, Thomas was driving a SUV on Hwy. 30, when for an unknown reason, it crossed the center line.

Thomas’ vehicle hit the side of a vehicle traveling eastbound on Hwy. 30 driven by Wayne McCormick, 65, of Scappoose, Lt. Gregg Hastings said. McCormick was pronounced dead on scene, Hastings said.

After the impact, both vehicles came to a rest several hundred feet apart, blocking the highway.

Thomas was transported by LifeFlight to Legacy Emanuel Medical Center with serious, non-life-threatening injuries, Hastings said.

A court date has been set for Thursday afternoon, but officials said Thomas has not been released from the hospital. A deputy from the sheriff’s office is guarding Thomas’ room and he will be lodged in the Multnomah County Detention Center once he is released by doctors.

– Brent Weisberg

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