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Corbett man involved in deadly hit-and-run expected to take plea deal

PORTLAND, Ore. -- Prosecutors have reached a plea deal with a Corbett man accused in a hit-and-run that killed a motorcyclist in Southeast Portland last summer.

Officials confirm that 42-year-old Brian Leymaster is expected to go before a Multnomah County judge Friday afternoon for a change of plea hearing.

Leymaster is charged with second-degree manslaughter, failure to perform the duties of a driver, reckless driving, recklessly endangering another person, DUII and second-degree criminal mischief.

The crash occurred Aug. 25, 2012, at about 7:45 p.m. According to Lt. Derrick Peterson, a spokesman for the Multnomah County Sheriff's Office, 60-year-old Gar Riggs of Sandy was riding a 1999 Yamaha motorcycle in the 39100 block of Southeast Gordon Creek Road when Leymaster’s Dodge Ram pickup truck crashed into Riggs head-on.

Investigators believe Leymaster was intoxicated when he crossed into oncoming traffic and hit Riggs. His blood-alcohol level has not been released.

According to the Outlook Online newspaper, Leymaster reportedly left the scene, but was arrested the following day.

Gordon Creek Road was shut down for about five hours while investigators conducted a crash reconstruction of the scene.

Family members have said Riggs had a passion for motorcycles.

“He loved it,” said Jason Frazier, Riggs’ nephew. “He loved riding motorcycles.”

The change of plea hearing is scheduled for 4 p.m. Friday.




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