Woman dies months after crash, driver charged

Marie Passmore died seven months after crash

PORTLAND, Ore. (KOIN) – Prosecutors may seek a reversal of a judge's recent decision to lower bail for a 24-year-old man charged with second-degree manslaughter.

Jordan Mason Dees appeared before Judge Benjamin Souede on Monday at the Multnomah County Justice Center and was arraigned on a 7-count indictment that was filed earlier this month. Dees is charged with one count each of second-degree manslaughter, recklessly endangering another and reckless driving. He is also charged with two counts each of fourth-degree assault and second-degree criminal mischief.

Portland Police spokesperson Sgt. Chris Burley said via email that officers responded to reports of a four-vehicle crash around 11 a.m. on February 23, 2017 near the intersection of Southeast 51st Avenue and Southeast Harney Street.

The crash injured three people, including Marie Passmore. Court records show that she suffered serious physical injuries.

Records show that Passmore died in September, seven months after the crash. Specific details of her injuries and cause of death have not been released.

The Multnomah County DA's Office took the case back to the grand jury, which charged Dees with second-degree manslaughter for "unlawfully and recklessly" causing Passmore's death.

It is expected that additional details about the case could be released on Tuesday when Dees appears before Multnomah County Circuit Court Judge Kathleen M. Dailey for a release hearing.

A person charged with second-degree manslaughter in Multnomah County typically has bail set at $250,000. Under Oregon law, unless specifically ordered, a person only needs to post 10% of their bail in order to be released.

At his arraignment on Monday, Dees was taken into custody but Judge Souede lowered bail to $50,000. Legal experts have noted that it is unusual for a judge to lower bail at a defendant's arraignment in a case that involves serious physical injury or death.

Dees remains in custody as of early Tuesday morning.

Burley, the police spokesperson, confirmed that the crash was not initially investigated by the bureau's Major Crash Team.

KOIN 6 News has reached out to his criminal defense attorney Lee Wachocki but we have not heard back from him.

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