Driver arrested after fatal motorcycle crash


The victim was identified as Karl Moeller

PORTLAND, Ore. (KOIN) — A family is grieving after an alleged drunk driver hit and killed their loved one Friday night.

“A parent shouldn’t have to bury their children,” his mother, Patricia Moeller said. “Never, ever. It’s just not right.”

Candles and balloons mark the spot near the corner of Northeast 122nd Avenue and Northeast Stanton Street where 56-year-old Karl Moeller was hit while riding his motorcycle.

Karl Moeller died after being hit by a car while riding his motorcycle on August 17, 2019. (Courtesy photo)

Police said 36-year-old Dorothy Rafeh hit Moeller and then drove herself home. Rafeh returned to the scene on foot, stumbling and slurring her words, according to court documents.

“It’s just not right that someone steals it away from you just like that,” the victim’s brother, Craig said.

Rafeh was booked into Multnomah County Detention Center on charges of manslaughter, reckless driving, DUII and more.

“We saw his smile Friday night and we will never get to see it again,” Craig said. “We never got a chance to say goodbye. We never got anything and I can’t believe this woman is out on bail.”

Rafeh has 5 previous misdemeanor convictions including DUII and reckless driving.

Dorothy Rafeh was arrested after a fatal crash on Friday, Aug. 16, 2019. (Multnomah County Sheriff’s Office)

“She obviously hasn’t learned and I think it is time for the justice system to crack down on her and to lock her away for a long time and let her think about what she has done,” Craig said.

Rafeh was emotional in court Monday after posting bail. She currently has GPS monitoring and is not allowed to drink alcohol. She is due back in court at the end of the month.

“We just miss him so much,” Patricia said. “He is just a joker. A fun one to be around and big beautiful blue eyes. They would just knock you down.”

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