PORTLAND, Ore. – Police said a man was taken into custody after a crash in Southeast Portland that killed two people Saturday.
The two victims in the crash Saturday evening were 55-year-old Paul Lawrence Knepper and his 90-year-old mother Hazel Agnes Knepper.
It happened at Southeast 28th Place and Gladstone Street just before 5 p.m.
Investigators said a Cadillac SUV went through a stop sign and hit the Toyota Corolla driven by Paul Knepper.
Three people in the SUV ran away from the scene, but a 29-year-old man suspected of being the driver was later taken into custody near Southeast 29th Avenue and Powell Boulevard.
Police say Daniel Troy Johnson is facing two counts of second-degree manslaughter and other charges including DUII and hit-and-run. He was taken to the Multnomah County Jail and will appear in court on Monday.
The two others haven't been found.
Teressa, who witnessed the crash and didn't want to give her last name, said she's still in shock over what happened.
Lawmakers want to increase the penalties for hit and run crashes. House Bill 2542 would increase the time someone loses their driver's license to three years if they are convicted of failing to perform the duties of a driver. That's if the crash causes serious physical injuries to any person involved. For fatal crashes, the penalty would be more severe.
"I just saw two people slumped over, non-responsive," she said. "Then I heard other people saying that he, that they were both gone, and kind of cursing the driver who would be so irresponsible.
"It's tough to think how someone who was just making a really poor choice has affected two families, for, forever."
Friends and neighbors remembered the Kneppers as a loving mother and son.
"They were really sweet and kind to each other," said neighbor Amy Jack.
Paul Knepper often drove his mother Hazel around, as he was doing Saturday, Jack said.
Michael Harding said Paul Knepper occasionally worked for him as a carpenter.
"[He was] a young guy. A lot of life ahead of him," said Harding. "And his mother, a registered nurse and a dang good provider for his family."
"I couldn't have wished for sweeter neighbors, really," said Jack. "They were just kind people and it's really sad that people drink and drive."
A fourth person in the SUV, 28-year-old Benjamin Chase Arce, remained at the scene. He was taken to a hospital non-life threatening injuries.
Police said a dog was also inside the SUV. It was taken by Multnomah County Animal Control.
Anyone with information on the other two passengers is asked to call Officer Pete Kurronen at 503-823-2208.
KATU's Bob Heye and Erica Nochlin contributed to this story.