Two dead, 2 hurt in weekend metro crashes

PPB: Deadly crashes like the two this weekened are 'preventable'

William Hurst, 29, Franklin Drobny, 55, shown in jail booking photos (L-R).

PORTLAND, Ore. (KOIN) – A deadly weekend on metro roads left 2 people dead and 2 others hurt in separate crashes.

Two people will appear in court on Monday accused of second-degree manslaughter, DUII, and reckless driving, according to police.

William Hurst, 29, was arrested late Saturday evening after officers responded to reports of a deadly crash at Northeast Cully and Mason

Police said the victim, 58-year-old Patrick Curry, Sr., was crossing NE Cully from the south side of Mason when Hurst hit him. The man’s name has not been released.

One of the first officers on scene started performing CPR, but was unable to save the victim.

A police supervisor saw Hurst walking away from the scene and asked Hurst if he knew anything about the crash. According to court documents, Hurst told the sergeant that he believed he had hit someone with his car.

Officers with the Traffic Division’s Major Crash Team responded and conducted field sobriety tests that Hurst failed, according to records.

Hurst admitted that after the crash, he kept driving for a block before turning around and coming back to the scene to turn himself in, records show.

Hurst also admitted to drinking and driving, according to prosecutors.

A bicyclist died in a collision with a car at SE 142nd and Center in Portland, March 19, 2016 (KOIN)
A bicyclist died in a collision with a car at SE 142nd and Center in Portland, March 19, 2016 (KOIN)

Hours earlier, the Portland Police Bureau’s Major Crash Team was called out to the 14200 block of Southeast Center Street on reports of a teenage bicyclist in a collision with a Dodge Dakota. The 17-year-old was killed. His name has not yet been released.

Franklin Drobny, 55, was arrested and lodged into the Multnomah County Detention Center.

In Vancouver, a 20-year-old pedestrian was seriously injured in an early Sunday morning collision with a hit-and-run driver.

The crash happened around 1 a.m. near the 4000 block of 131st Street. Police have very few leads. The vehicle is dark and will likely have front end damage on the passenger side.

On Friday, officers responded to a crash on Northeast Glisan Street at Northeast 117th. In that crash, police said an 89-year-old man hit a 35-year-old woman while she was crossing the road. Police have not determined if the crash was caused by impaired driving. The victim, Amber Lapine, suffered life-threatening injuries. The driver has not been arrested.

In a prepared statement, the police bureau said, “The PPB expresses its sincerest sympathy’s to all those impacted by these preventable tragedies. We would like to remind the public of the dangers of driving while under the influence of intoxicants and also ask all drivers to be aware of vulnerable road users such as bicyclists and pedestrians.”

A 58-year-old pedestrian was hit and killed on NE Cully in Portland, March 20, 2016 (KOIN)
A 58-year-old pedestrian was hit and killed on NE Cully in Portland, March 20, 2016 (KOIN)

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