PORTLAND, Ore. — One woman died and four people were taken to a hospital after police said a drunk driver ran a red light and crashed into a taxi cab in a Portland intersection early Sunday morning.
Brent Allan Warstler, 42, of Cornelius drove a pickup truck through a red light at the intersection of Northwest 5th Avenue and Everett Street in Old Town at around 2:30 a.m., according to police. A taxi cab crashed into the truck and pushed it onto a sidewalk, where it hit two women walking.
Rebecca Lynn Bray, 20, of Gresham died at the scene. Brandi Lucille Butner, 21, of Fairview, Ore. was taken to a hospital with critical injuries. Police said she is expected to survive.
Kylen Reagan heard the crash. He said he knew right away it was bad.
"It was loud," he said. "To me, it boggles my mind how they ended up in the position they were in."
Three other people who were passengers in Warstler's truck were injured in the crash. None of their injuries was serious. Warstler was taken to a hospital with minor injuries. Investigators determined he was under the influence of alcohol at the time of the crash.
"It was just like a solid crash, like two people went into each other at forty miles per hour from different directions is what it seemed like," said Reagan.
The taxi driver, 41-year-old Angel Custovio Olvera, and his passengers were not hurt. Police said Olvera showed no signs of impairment.
Warstler was taken to the Multnomah County Jail. He faces charges of manslaughter (1st degree), manslaughter (2nd degree), assault (2nd degree), assault (3rd degree), DUII, reckless driving.
He's expected in court on Tuesday.