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Troutdale woman dies when man pulls in front of her motorcycle

Van driver, 46, faces charges of drunken driving, manslaughter, assault
by: Contributed photo, Garth Lewis

A Troutdale-area man faces felony charges of manslaughter and assault after he allegedly pulled in front of a motorcycle Saturday night, March 31, killing a Troutdale woman.

Garth Lewis, 46, was allegedly drunk when he caused the accident that killed Peggy J. Wagner, 52, who was driving the 2006 Suzuki motorcycle she had bought three days before.

Her passenger, Juan Juarez, 41, of Portland, ended up on top of Lewis' van, according to a police report.

He was hospitalized with a broken arm and other non-life-threatening injuries, said Troutdale Police Sgt. Marc Shrake. Wagner died at the scene.

The accident happened around 10:15 p.m. on Southeast Stark Street, in front of Legacy Mount Hood Medical Center.

Lewis, who also faces charges of driving under the influence of intoxicants, reckless driving and criminal mischief, was apparently trying to turn left, or eastbound, onto Stark when he pulled out of a restaurant parking lot. Wagner and Juarez were westbound, Shrake said.

The East Multnomah County Vehicular Crimes Team is investigating the accident. Its report will likely be done this week and forwarded to the district attorney's office. Lewis, who is being held on $262,500 bail at the Multnomah County Detention Center, was scheduled to be arraigned Tuesday, April 3.