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Man with revoked license arrested in deadly crash

WittPolice have arrested a Tigard man in connection with a deadly three-car crash on Interstate 5 last week that killed one person.

Ronald Witt, 56, was arrested near the Barbur Boulevard exit of Interstate 5 on Friday, Aug. 9, after police say the pickup truck he was driving rear-ended the car in front of him, killing the driver.

Witt’s pickup was traveling south on I-5 at about 5:05 p.m., when he crashed into a car stuck in traffic in front of him.

That car, driven by 52-year-old courier Thomas Swift, of Vancouver, Wash., crashed into the car in front of it.

Emergency crews were unable to revive Swift, who died at the scene.

The crash closed Southbound Interstate 5 for about four hours during the peak of Friday’s evening commute, reopening at about 9 p.m.

Witt was arrested and booked in the Multnomah County Detention Center on charges of driving with a revoked license.

On Tuesday, Ronald Witt was charged with a felony charge of aggravated driving while suspended.

No one else was seriously injured in the crash, according to Portland Police spokesman Sgt. Pete Simpson.

Portland Police Bureau’s Major Crash Team is conducting its own investigation, Simpson said.



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