Man breaks free of friends, dies when hit by truck

Eric Oman later arrested for DUII

A siren and a Portland police car, file. (KOIN)

PORTLAND, Ore. (KOIN) — A 23-year-old man, who friends said was acting strangely, died after running into traffic and being hit by a driver later arrested for DUII.

Eric Sebastian Oman, July 4, 2017 (Multnomah County Sheriff's Office)
Eric Sebastian Oman, July 4, 2017 (Multnomah County Sheriff’s Office)

The crash around 10:20 p.m. Monday happened at SE 122nd and Woodward, police said. The young man, identified as Patrick Ahearn, may have been having a mental health crisis “or drug psychosis,” police said, and broke away from his friends who were trying to restrain him.

A truck driven by Eric Sebastian Oman hit Ahearn, who was rushed to the hospital in critical condition. He later died.

Oman, 55, stayed at the scene and cooperated with police. He was arrested and booked for DUII.

The case remains under investigation.