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Party ends with Milwaukie teen's death

One passenger, 17-years-old Nicholas Portis of Milwaukie, ultimately died from his wounds over the weekend while coming back from an alcoholic party in Mt. Hood National Forest, police say.

On Saturday, March 30, at approximately 10:46 p.m., Clackamas County Sheriff's Deputies responded to a report of a crash on a Forest Service Road outside Estacada.

It was reported that an open-backed Toyota 4-Runner had rolled over with seven passengers inside. Six of the passengers in the 4-Runner were injured in the crash.

The crash happened in an area with no cell phone coverage, so the victims were loaded into other vehicles and transported to Hillockburn Road and Highway 211 where they were met by medical personnel and transported to area hospitals.

The other victims, whose names are being withheld because they are under 18 years old, are all being treated at local hospitals. None of the other injuries are life threatening.

Police say the victims were all part of a large group of teenagers who had been gathering up in the woods throughout the night.

The driver of the vehicle, Joseph Childs, 19, was injured in the crash. The investigation continues, however, police believe that both alcohol and speed were a factor in the crash.



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