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Corbett man reaches plea deal after fatal crash

Brian Leymaster will serve 75 months in prison


A Corbett man charged with manslaughter after he struck and killed a motorcyclist in August 2012 reached a plea agreement in Multnomah County Circuit Court on Tuesday, Jan. 22.

Brian David Leymaster, 42, will serve 75 months in prison after pleading no contest to second-degree manslaughter, reckless endangering, reckless driving, failure to perform the duties of a driver, driving under the influence and second-degree criminal mischief.

The crash occurred at about 7:45 p.m. Aug. 25, when Leymaster was driving home while being followed by his two sons, ages 17 and 11, Deputy District Attorney Nicole Jergovic said. Leymaster, driving a 2012 Dodge Ram pickup truck, turned around a corner at 90 mph and crossed the center line. He collided head-on with Gar Riggs, 60, of Sandy, who was riding a 1999 Yamaha motorcycle in the 39100 block of Southeast Gordon Creek Road.

Leymaster’s truck struck a tree, so he asked his two sons, who were too far behind to see the accident, to drive him home.

When Leymaster returned home, his wife, Devree, learned of the crash and drove him back to the scene.

At the site of the accident, Leymaster was arrested and booked in Multnomah County Inverness Jail.

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

In addition to time in prison, Leymaster will serve 35 months of probation upon his release. He also has to pay restitution to the victim’s family, and his driver’s license was revoked for life.

Leymaster will be transported to Coffee Creek Correctional Institution on Thursday, Jan. 24.

Leymaster was arrested for drunken driving in 2003 but completed a diversion program in order to have the case dismissed since it was his first offense.




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