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Cornelius man charged in fatal accident

by: MULTNOMAH COUNTY SHERIFF'S OFFICE - Brent Allan WarstlerOne pedestrian was killed and four people hospitalized in an early Sunday morning automobile accident in Old Town.

Pronounced dead at the scene was Gresham resident Rebecca Lynn Bray, 20.

Fairview resident Brandi Lucille Butner, 21, was hospitalized with critical injuries. She is expected to survive.

The other three people were transported to the hospital with non-life-threatening injuries. Their names were not immediately released.

All three were passengers in a truck driven by Cornelius resident Brent Allan Warstler, 42. He was arrested by Portland police on charges of Manslaughter in the First Degree, Manslaughter in the Second Degree, Assault in the Second Degree, Assault in the Third Degree, Reckless Driving, and Driving Under the Influence of Intoxicants. His bail was set at $760,000.

According to police, around 2:30 a.m. on Jan. 20, Warstler was driving his 2012 Dodge Ram pickup southbound on Northwest 5th Avenue and ran a red light at Everett Street. It was struck by an eastbound 2004 Ford Crown Victoria taxi cab driven by Tigard resident Angel Custovio Olvera, 41.

The force of the impact caused the truck to veer left onto the sidewalk on the southeast corner of 5th and Everett. It struck Bray and Butner, who were on the sidewalk, before coming to rest just south of Everett Street.

The passengers in the taxi were not injured.

Police responded to the accident at 2:34 a.m. Both drivers remained at the scene and cooperated with investigators. Olvera showed no signs of impairment. Warstler was transported to the hospital for minor injuries and investigators determined that he was under the influence of alcohol.

After receiving treatment at the hospital, Warstler was arrested booked into the Multnomah County Jail.

The scene of the crash is one block outside of the Entertainment District where streets are blocked off on weekends to increase safety.




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