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Crash in Portland kills St. Helens man over weekend

Driver expected in court next week

A 27-year-old St. Helens man was killed Sunday, Nov. 1, shortly after 1 a.m. after being struck by a sport utility vehicle in the north Portland area.

The Portland Police Bureau’s North Precinct responded to a 1:01 a.m. report on Sunday of a single-vehicle crash into a power pole at North Lombard Street and Peninsular Avenue in the city of Portland, according to a press release from the agency.

Upon arriving at the scene, officers found Matthew Tyler Freeman, a 21-year-old Portland resident, still inside a crashed 1999 Ford Explorer.

Nicholas Horsey, 27, of St. Helens was found dead nearby on the roadway in the westbound lanes of the intersection.

According to witnesses, Freeman was traveling at a high rate of speed westbound on North Lombard Street prior to striking Horsey and crashing his vehicle, the press release states.

Horsey was struck one block east of where Freeman had crashed into the power pole, according to the release.

Officers also reported that Freeman showed signs of impairment.

As of the Spotlight’s press deadline, the Portland Police Bureau could not be reached for updated information on the investigation.

Freeman was arrested and booked into Multnomah County Jail on Sunday, Nov. 1. Freeman is schduled for a preliminary hearing in Multnomah County Circuit Court on Tuesday, Nov. 10.

Freeman is facing four charges, including two class B felony charges of second-degree manslaughter and negligent homicide, and two class A misdemeanor charges of reckless driving and driving under the influence of intoxicants.