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Dentist will serve two years for driving van into West Linn family

After hitting a family of three last summer, Thomas Haymore sent to prison

Thomas Haymore was sentenced to prison for 25 months - which could be reduced for good behavior - Monday for hitting a family of three last summer with his van while on a cocktail of prescription drugs.

He will also receive three years of post-prison supervision and will lose his drivers license for five years.

Haymore, a Portland-area dentist who lives in West Linn, struck the Herbert family - Tracy and John, who goes by Brad, and 5-year-old son, John - on Aug. 6 as they were walking down the sidewalk along Salamo Road. Haymore struck the family while driving in reverse at high speed, causing each of them injuries.

Clackamas County Circuit Court Judge Steven L. Maurer imposed the sentence after Haymore pleaded guilty to third-degree assault, fourth-degree assault, recklessly endangering and driving under the influence of intoxicants.

He was indicted in October by a Clackamas County grand jury on two counts of assault for hitting John - third degree for Tracy; reckless endangerment for striking John Jr.; and driving under the influence.

The sentencing is a result of a plea agreement negotiated between Haymore's attorney, Stephen A. Houze, and Deputy District Attorney Bryan J. Brock, and approved by the Herberts, according to Houze.

The Herbert's lawyer, Glenn E. Barger, said the Herberts were satisfied by this ruling and found it 'acceptable.'

Brad suffered the most injuries from the accident, which included a lacerated liver, perforation to the small intestine and a fractured ankle, according to Barger.

'Brad is still treating, and he is going to have to have another surgery and Tracy is still making her way through the process of getting better too,' Barger said.

After Haymore's initial arrest he entered a rehab program, according to Houze.

'He expressed his deep concern and regret for what he had done to Mr. and Mrs. Herbert and their child with a very tearful and remorseful scene this morning,' Houze said Monday.

Houze is a Portland criminal defense attorney.

On Monday, Haymore was taken to Clackamas County Jail and later will be taken to an intake facility at Coffee Creek Correctional Facility in Wilsonville.

'Dr. Haymore is going to do everything in his power to try to help and make certain that (the Herberts) receive just and full compensation on the civil side of things as well,' Houze said.

Editor Dan Itel contributed to this report.