Grand Jury clears officer involved in fatal crash

Gresham Police will conduct Internal Affairs investigation

A grand jury has cleared a Gresham police officer involved in a deadly crash earlier this month of all criminal charges.

A Multnomah County Grand Jury convened Friday, July 21, to consider charges, including criminally negligent homicide and two counts of third-degree assault, against Gresham Police Officer Josh Linstrom, whose patrol car slammed into a minivan at 9:25 p.m. Saturday, July 1, at the intersection of 188th Avenue and Glisan Street in Gresham, killing one of the minivan's three passengers, Marino Sanchez-Sanchez, 29.

Linstrom was en route to a call about speeding drivers when the accident occurred.

The driver of the minivan, 33-year-old Diego D. Martinez of Portland, and his front seat passenger, Jose Luis Bahena, 37, of Vancouver, suffered non-life threatening injuries. Linstrom received minor injuries.

The Grand Jury deliberated for four hours Monday before delivering a 'not true' bill on all charges.

Gresham Police Chief Carla Piluso said Friday evening, July 21, in a press release that the Gresham Police Department will conduct an Internal Affairs investigation, 'to ensure that no policy, procedures or general orders of the Gresham Police Department have been violated.'

Linstrom, who was placed on paid administrative leave following the accident, was returned to light duty status (office work) on Monday, July 17. Piluso said she will consider Linstrom's status over the weekend and may put the officer back on patrol duty as early as Monday, July 24.

Reporter Erin Shea contributed to this report.