Milwaukie teen arrested after fatal crash

Boring's Churchon Chasenkaton died at the scene of the wreck Friday
by: Contributed photo, Ryan L. Weaver

An 18-year-old Milwaukie man is behind bars after a head-on crash that killed a Boring man late Friday, Oct. 20.

Ryan L. Weaver is being held on $257,500 bail at the Clackamas County Jail on charges of second-degree manslaughter and driving under the influence of intoxicants. Oregon State Police troopers arrested him at 9:30 a.m. Tuesday, Oct. 24, following his discharge from Oregon Health and Science University, said Lt. Gregg Hastings, Oregon State Police spokesman.

Weaver was allegedly intoxicated when his westbound 1997 Chevrolet Tahoe crossed the centerline on Highway 212 near Southeast Bel Air Drive at 11:23 p.m. Friday, Oct. 20, and crashed into an oncoming eastbound 1997 Honda Civic driven by Churchon Chasenkaton, 47, of Boring, Hastings said. Chasenkaton died at the scene.

Both he and Weaver were wearing seatbelts. Weaver was treated for non-life threatening injuries at Oregon Health and Science University. Troopers also cited Weaver for driving with a suspended license. Weaver's license was suspended because he failed to appear in court on three previous citations, none of which involved drunken driving, Hastings said.

The Chevrolet Tahoe came to rest on its top in the eastbound lane with the Honda Civic stopping in a driveway on the side of the highway. Investigators closed Highway 212 until 5:30 a.m.

The crash is still under investigation. Call Detective Dan Swift at 503-731-3020, Ext. 267, with any information on the crash.