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Driver Faces Manslaughter Charges in Fatal Weekend Crash

Police say the driver of a Toyota 4runner was under the influence of alcohol at the time of the accident.

(OREGON CITY, Ore.) - Police in Oregon City say a Portland man faces serious charges after an alcohol-involved weekend crash that claimed the life of an Oregon City woman and left several other people injured.

The crash happened around 9:37 PM Saturday in Oregon City at the intersection of AV Davis and Linn Avenue. A Toyota 4runner operated by 22-year old Fernando Deanda Moreno of Portland, was traveling at a high rate of speed east on AV Davis and failed to stop for the Stop sign at the intersection of Linn Avenue.

A Toyota Camry operated by 22-year old William Sargent of Oregon City and his fiance, 26-year old Kay Blaser of Oregon City, was traveling south on Linn Avenue and was struck on the passenger side by the 4runner. Polie say the 4runner came to rest on its side on Ethel Street and the Camry was pushed into a telephone pole at Linn and Ethel Street.

Ms. Blaser was pronounced dead at the scene.

The impact of the accident severely injured Mr. Sargent who was taken to OHSU for injuries to his collar bones, neck and back, officers said.

The driver of the 4runner, Fernando Deanda Moreno, was transported to OHSU for evaluation.

A female passenger from Deanda Moreno's vehicle was transported to OHSU with injuries. A third passenger from the 4runner was not injured.

The investigation into the accident was conducted by members of the Clackamas County Major Crimes Team. It was determined that Fernando Deanda Moreno was under the influence of alcohol at the time of the accident. Police say there was no alcohol involved in the vehicle operated by William Sargent and Kay Blaser.

Today at 12:00 PM, Fernando Deanda Moreno was released from OHSU and transported to Clackamas County Jail where he was lodged for Manslaughter II, $250,000 bail and Two counts of Assault II, $250,000 Bail.


Editor's note: Oregon City Police initially released information that Ms. Kay Blaser was pregnant at the time of the crash, they say that information was not correct, and Ms. Blaser was not pregnant at the time of the crash.

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agoodfriendinalaska September 30, 2009 2:03 pm (Pacific time)

its now coming up to one year since she has passed away we have not forgotten how much she meant in our lives. She was known as momma Kay cause she was such a loving and caring individual and we will never forget the impact she made on our lives. RIP beautiful, sweet caring Momma Kay, we love you

OC resident October 13, 2008 7:26 am (Pacific time)

We need to have PUBLIC accountability for Drunken Drivers. Say a televised Firing Squad (?). And a mandatory 6 month jail sentence for anyone riding with them !

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