Driver hits 3 road workers, kills 1 in Happy Valley

Crash happened on SE 122nd between Sunnyside and Mountain Gate

Fedsot Tsopko, 51, was arrested after crashing his car into 3 construction workers, killing 1, May 23, 2017. *(CCSO)

HAPPY VALLEY, Ore. (KOIN) — A driver was arrested after hitting a flagger and 2 construction workers Tuesday, killing one of them before careening into a ditch.

Fedsot Tsopko, 51, was arrested after crashing his car into 3 construction workers, killing 1, May 23, 2017. *(CCSO)

The crash happened on SE 122nd Avenue between Sunnyside Road and Mountain Gate, Clackamas County Sheriff’s Office said.

Investigators said a flagger tried to stop 51-year-old Fedsot Tsopko, who was driving a 1990 Lexus 4D towards the well-marked construction zone. But Tsopko reportedly moved forward, hitting the flagger and driving into the work zone.

He then hit 2 construction workers, killing one, deputies said.

Tsopko’s car then left the roadway and rolled onto its side in a ditch. He had to be extricated from the car and was then taken to the hospital. Once he was released from the hospital, deputies said he was immediately taken into custody.

He is charged with third-degree manslaughter and DUII.

The victim who died has been identified as 48-year-old Pablo Dominguez-Amezcua.

Another victim, 26-year-old Preston Stucky, was released from the hospital. William Griffin, 62, remains hospitalized with non-life-threatening injuries.

A fatal crash closed SE 122nd between Sunnyside and Mountain Gate in Happy Valley, May 23, 2017 (Clackamas County Sheriff's Office)
A fatal crash closed SE 122nd between Sunnyside and Mountain Gate in Happy Valley, May 23, 2017 (Clackamas County Sheriff’s Office)