Two citations, no criminal charges in April death of man in crosswalk

PORTLAND, Ore. – Neftali Cabrera-Escobar was issued two tickets on Monday.

One was for hitting a 62-year-old man with his car in a crosswalk in April and killing him. The other was for driving without a license.

The 36-year-old Cabrera-Escobar was cited for careless driving causing death to a vulnerable road user and driving with no operator’s license.

It’s the second time in less than a week a driver in Portland has been issued a citation but faced no criminal penalties for striking a pedestrian in a crosswalk and killing them. Last Thursday, Billie Jean Neel of Gladstone was cited after hitting and killing 41-year-old Renee Bates in a crosswalk with a school bus on Tuesday.

Police said Cabrera-Escobar hit Brian Kenny in the 14200 block of SE Division St. at about 7:30 p.m. on April 13. Kenny died at the scene.

Investigators said neither speed nor alcohol was a factor, but that the sun might have affected Cabrera Escobar’s vision.

The careless driving count carries a possible penalty of a fine of up to $12,500 and a one-year suspension of driving privileges.

Some of the penalties can be mitigated with the completion of a traffic safety course and community service.

Cabrera-Escobar and his wife stayed at the scene and cooperated with investigators.