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Cornelius man arrested after drunken driving accident

Update: Brandi Butner, the 20-year-old Fairview woman who was hospitalized after being struck by a drunken driver on Sunday, Jan, 20, has been upgraded from serious to fair condition, according to Legacy Emanuel Medical Center. Butner said she is doing well, but is choosing to wait a few days before speaking with the media.

A 20-year-old Gresham woman is dead and four others remain hospitalized following a traffic accident involving a drunken driver early Sunday morning in Portland's Old Town area.by: FACEBOOK  - Rebecca Lynn Bray, of Gresham was killed Sunday morning when she was struck by a drunk driver.

Rebecca Lynn Bray was pronounced dead at the scene, while 21-year-old Brandi Lucille Butner of Fairview was transported to Legacy Emanuel Medical Center, in Portland, and is expected to survive, Sgt. Pete Simpson said.

She is listed in serious condition, according to the hospital.

Just hours before the accident, Butner posted on Facebook that she was going to downtown Portland to celebrate her 21st birthday with Bray.

“Thanks everyone for the birthday wishes! Headed downtown with my girl :),” Butner wrote.

The three other people hospitalized were passengers in a truck driven by a Cornelius man who is now in jail on allegations of driving under the influence of intoxicants, Simpson said.

Brent Allan Warstler, 42, is being held at the Multnomah County Detention Center on allegations of first-degree manslaughter, second-degree manslaughter, second-degree assault, third-degree assault, reckless driving and driving under the influence of intoxicants. by: KOIN LOCAL 6 - Four people were hospitalized and one woman was killed in a vehicle accident Sunday morning.

His blood-alcohol content was more than twice the legal limit, Simpson said.

His bail is $760,000.

The accident happened at 2:34 a.m. Sunday, Jan. 20, when Warstler, who was driving southbound on Northwest Fifth Avenue, reportedly ran a red light at Everett Street.

His 2012 Dodge Ram pick-up collided with an eastbound taxi cab, driven by 41-year-old Angel Custovio Olvera of Tigard. The crash caused Warstler's pickup to veer left onto the sidewalk, where he struck two pedestrians, Butner and Bray, on the southeast corner of Fifth and Everett.

The taxi cab driver and his passengers were not injured and remained at the scene.

The site of the crash is one block outside of the Entertainment District where streets are blocked off on weekends to increase safety.by: MULTNOMAH COUNTY SHERIFFS OFFICE - Brent Allan Warstler, 42, was arrested after his pick-up truck struck and killed a 20-year-old Gresham woman.

Warstler was transported to a hospital for minor injuries, as were three of his passengers. Police arrested Warstler after he was treated for his injuries.

Warstler has a record of several traffic violations, including speeding tickets.

He will be arraigned in Multnomah County Circuit Court on Tuesday, Jan. 22.

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