Man arrested in 2017 N Portland fatal hit-and-run

Crime

Luis Silva Echeverria-Navarrete faces manslaughter and other charges

PORTLAND, Ore. (KOIN) — More than 2 years after Daniel Ramsey was killed in a hit-and-run in North Portland, investigators arrested and charged a 22-year-old man with manslaughter.

Luis Silva Echeverria-Navarrete was arrested by Portland police in Hillsboro on Thursday and booked at the Multnomah County Jail. He was arraigned the following day on one count each of first-degree manslaughter, failing to perform the duties of a driver, driving under the influence of intoxicants and reckless driving.

Luis Silva Echeverria-Navarrete, January 10, 2020 (Multnomah County Sheriff’s Office)

The night of the hit-and-run

Daniel Ramsey and his girlfriend, Darian Conley, went to get a bite to eat around 10 p.m. on November 26, 2017. They were walking hand-in-hand to get food. They looked both ways before they crossed North Fessenden Street and North Alma Avenue.

A speeding car came out of nowhere, caught on surveillance video around the time of the crash.

Days after the hit-and-run, Conley described those terrifying moments.

“I look to my left and there was a car about 10 to 15 feet and the headlights were there,” she said. “And that was it.”

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Daniel Ramsey in an undated photo (KOIN, file)

Ramsey’s body flew a block down the road. But somehow, Darian Conley was untouched.

“It should have been both of us,” she said back then. “I don’t know if somehow he pushed me back or what, but somehow he saved my life that night.”

A break in the case

Ramsey’s mother Lynda Hunter told KOIN 6 News she got a call earlier this week from an anonymous woman claiming to know the suspect. Hunter said the woman told her “we would soon have justice for him.”

“I contacted the officer the following day, left him a voicemail and he said had gotten the same message and they were investigating,” Hunter said.

Court documents show a person met with the lead investigator in the case on Thursday. The person allegedly told police that she hosted a gathering at her home on Jan. 3 and one of her friends brought Echeverria-Navarrete as a guest.

The person said she recorded Echeverria-Navarrete talking about being involved in two crashes a couple of years ago. He talked about a hit-and-run in Portland and an earlier crash where he was drunk while driving his girlfriend home to Hillsboro in a BMW, according to court documents.

Echeverria-Navarrete also allegedly struggled with the idea of turning himself in when the person suggested he do so.

Investigators found that Echeverria-Navarrete was involved in a crash at NE Jackson School Road and NE State Drive in Hillsboro just over an hour after the fatal hit-and-run on North Fessenden Street in Portland, court documents show.

The same car — a 1997-1998 BMW — was involved in both crashes.

Hillsboro police arrested Echeverria-Navarrete in a traffic stop on Thursday. His girlfriend, who was in the car at the time, told police she was intoxicated and asleep in the car on Nov. 26, 2017, when a loud thud woke her up, according to court documents. She said she knew there had been a collision and described Echeverria-Navarrete as panicking.

Echeverria-Navarrete has a criminal history, including two past DUII convictions in Multnomah and Washington counties.

“It makes me mad, he should have learned the first time when he got arrested for his first DUI,” said Hunter. “He should pay a strong price for what he’s done to my son.”

But amid the grief and hurt, an arrest in the case is finally providing some peace.

“There are a lot of mixed emotions: glad that he was caught and relieved that justice is done,” Hunter said.

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