Driver faces manslaughter, DUII charges after crash

Crashes

PORTLAND, Ore. (KOIN) — A driver is facing various charges after a deadly crash into a power pole overnight.

Shortly after 11:30 p.m. on Thursday, a Portland Police officer came across a car that had apparently crashed into a power pole on Northeast Sandy Boulevard and Northeast Killingsworth Street. Two people were found inside the car and paramedics were called to respond.

The driver suffered non-life-threatening injuries but the other occupant, a 25-year-old man, died at the scene. On Saturday, PPB identified the victim as David Dentler.

Authorities said the driver, Anthony L. Soto, faces several charges including manslaughter.

The 29-year-old Portlander was reportedly speeding on NE Killingsworth Street before crashing into the power pole, shearing the pole off at the base. Police say speed and alcohol were contributing factors.

Soto was arrested and now faces second-degree manslaughter, DUII, reckless driving and Reckless Endangering.

Officials were concerned that due to the damage to the pole, power lines could potentially fall. Utility crews worked through the night working on repairs. Traffic was blocked on Northeast Sandy Boulevard between Northeast Killingsworth Street and Northeast 102nd Avenue while they cleared the scene but has since reopened.

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