Authorities with the Clackamas County Sheriff’s Office announced that they had arrested a young man from the greater Portland area in connection with a fatal pedestrian accident.
Police said that they found the man’s vehicle in Portland and arrested him at that time. They believe he had a role in the death of a 59-year-old pedestrian. The driver of the vehicle involved in that accident did not stop after striking and fatally injuring the pedestrian.
Police indicate that they are continuing to investigate the accident and have taken the man’s vehicle as evidence for their case.
A negligent homicide charge can land a person in prison
The police have charged this man with what the law calls criminally negligent homicide. A conviction for this crime will result in a felony on a person’s record. The conviction can also land a person in prison for years. Hefty fines are also possible.
While this charge is not especially common, Oregonians from all walks of life can easily find themselves faced with this negligent homicide charges after just one bad decision behind the wheel.
As the name of the crime implies, prosecutors do not have to prove that the defendant actually set out to kill someone or even did something flagrantly dangerous. In this case, for instance, the alleged driver left rather than stop and call for help.
Incidentally, Oregon law also has a separate crime for not stopping and performing certain legal duties after an accident. In addition to other penalties, someone convicted of this crime faces a license suspension.
In short, an allegation that a driver was involved in a hit-and-run accident that ended with a death or serious injury faces the possibility of severe consequences and will want to understand his or her criminal defense options.