Man, 21, indicted in deadly SE Portland crash

Medical Examiner: Victim died from pneumonia

Rodney Larry, 21, shown in a Multnomah County Circuit Court July 28, 2014. (KOIN)
Rodney Larry, 21, shown in a Multnomah County Circuit Court July 28, 2014. (KOIN)

PORTLAND, Ore. (KOIN 6) — A 21-year-old man was recently re-indicted by a grand jury for the death of a man after a hit and run crash in February.

Rodney Japheth Benjamin Larry pleaded not guilty Monday in Multnomah County Circuit Court to the new six-count re-indictment.

Police said Larry was under the influence of intoxicants Feb. 6, 2014 when he hit 60-year-old Gary Horner at the intersection of Southeast 128th and Southeast Division.

Officers with the Portland Police Bureau’s Traffic Division’s Major Crash Team said Horner was in a marked crosswalk when he was hit.

Reports from witnesses who called 911 also indicated Horner was in a wheelchair, police said.

After the crash, Horner paramedics transported to a trauma hospital. According to the State Medical Examiner’s Office, he died March 12 due to complications of rib and leg fractures and pneumonia.

The indictment accuses Larry of acting recklessly when he caused the death of Horner by being under the influence of intoxicants at the time of the crash.

Patrol officers responding to the crash found a 2001 Chrysler sedan at Southeast 148th and Southeast Division Street and arrested Larry, police said.

In addition to the second-degree manslaughter charge, Larry is also accused of one count each of third-degree assault, failure to perform the duties of a driver (hit and run), driving while under the influence of intoxicants, reckless driving and recklessly endangering another person.

Two individuals who identified themselves as Larry’s parents were present in court. While speaking with KOIN, Larry’s defense attorney advised them not to speak with media.

He remains in lodged in the Multnomah County Detention Center with bail set at more than $250,000.

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