PORTLAND, Ore. (KOIN) — About 10 days ago, Brian Hauth’s mother and aunt were killed in a hit-and-run crash on SE Powell Boulevard at 148th. Thursday he went to a Multnomah County court for the video arraignment of the man accused in the crash.
Antonio Montgomery’s family was also in the court to see him enter a not guilty plea to the charges: manslaughter, assault, 4 counts of recklessly endangering another person, burglary, reckless driving, and multiple counts of failure to perform the duties of a driver.
Charlene Hauth, 60, and her sister Robin Macready were in the car when police said Antonio Montgomery crashed into their Jeep after running a red light.
“Coming here today and seeing him on a video, lots of emotions running wild,” Hauth told KOIN 6 News Thursday.
Montgomery was previously arrested in 2018 along with Lamarr Juan Luster Jr., Kobe Branden Cordray and Angelo Dewayne Luster. Investigators dubbed them the Tracksuit Bandits after a string of armed robberies in Portland, Milwaukie and Gresham.
Brian Hauth is disheartened the criminal justice system allowed him to be on probation considering his violent prior crimes.
“Having to pick up your mother’s remains at the funeral home because of some criminal with a criminal history running wild in Portland — on probation when he should have been in jail — it makes me sick to my stomach,” he said.
Hauth said he will be at every court hearing because he wants to see Montgomery get the maximum sentence.
“I want to see healing come from this for my family as well as justice for my mother and for my Aunt Robin,” Hauth said.
Montgomery’s next court appearance is scheduled for August 30.