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Driver who killed woman on Barbur Blvd. faces 60-month prison sentence

The 29-year-old Lake Oswego man will use bail money for victim's family
by: Courtesy of MCSO CALEB PRUITT

Caleb Pruitt, the 29-year-old Lake Oswego man who admitted that his car struck and killed a woman on Southwest Barbur Boulevard in December 2010, will be sentenced in August to 60 months in prison.

Pruitt plead guilty last week in Multnomah County Circuit Court to driving while intoxicated, reckless endangerment and criminally negligent homicide. A plea agreement led to the 60-month sentence. As part of the agreement, prosecutors dropped an additional manslaughter charge, according to Multnomah County Chief Deputy District Attorney Norm Frink.

In addition, Pruitt agreed that his $20,000 bail be used to pay for airfare, rental cars and hotel costs so that six members of the victim's family can travel from the East Coast to attend his Aug. 26 sentencing.

He will also cooperate with the family's attorneys and provide information that could be used in civil lawsuits against the establishments that served him alcohol the night of the crash.

Portland police say that Pruitt lost control of his Subaru Impreza at about 10:47 p.m. Dec. 15, 2010, while he was driving south on Barbur Boulevard at a high speed. The Subaru struck 26-year-old Angela Burke, a Southwest Portland resident who was walking her bicycle across the road about a half-mile south of Southwest Hamilton Street.

Pruitt had two passengers in his vehicle at the time.

Burke, a native of Albany, N.Y., had recently moved to Portland and was coming home from work when she was hit. The collision threw her about 100 feet. She was pronounced dead at the scene.