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Driver in double-fatal crash pleads guilty

by: MCDC BOOKING PHOTO - Sentenced in the fatal collision on S.E. Gladstone Street last March 9 was the driver of the speeding SUV who caused the crash, Daniel Troy Johnson. As reported in a front-page story last April in THE BEE, a driver who speeded through a stop sign and smashed into a Toyota containing two people on S.E. Gladstone Street at 28th Place on March 9th, subsequently ran from the crash – leaving the pair in the Toyota dead.

The victims were well-respected members of the Creston-Kenilworth community – 55-year-old Paul Knepper and his mother, 90-year-old Hazel Knepper – and the driver, arrested soon afterward near Powell Boulevard, was identified as 30-year-old Daniel Troy Johnson of St. Helens, and he was drunk. In mid-November, on trial in Multnomah County on multiple charges related to that crash, Johnson interrupted the trial and pleaded guilty. To that, the prosecution and defense attorneys agreed on an 18-year prison sentence – less than he might have faced had the trial gone to the jury, with a conviction resulting. Sentencing by Multnomah County Circuit Judge Karen Immergut took place on Monday, November 18.