Man hit, killed by suspected DUII driver in Forest Grove
FOREST GROVE, Ore. —
A woman is facing DUII and manslaughter charges for a deadly crash in Forest Grove late Saturday night.
According to police, 22-year-old Jonathan Dominguez Esquivel was walking to work at the Safeway store on Pacific Avenue about 10:40 p.m. when he was struck by a car. Esquivel was flown to Legacy Emanuel Hospital in an air ambulance, however medical teams pronounced him deceased when he arrived.
Officers located the suspected driver, Bethany Lumber, 27, of Beaverton, about 100 yards from the crash scene. Police said they also found a damaged mailbox along the roadway.
Arresting officers said Lumber showed visible signs of intoxication.
Lumber was booked into the Washington County Jail on second-degree manslaughter, driving under the influence of intoxicants, and second-degree criminal mischief. Lumber will have an arraignment hearing on March 30 at 8:30 am at the Washington County Courthouse.
Pacific Avenue was closed for several hours for a crash investigation.
Neighbors tell KATU News they saw Esquivel walk past their homes every night on his way to work at Safeway. Now, what’s left in front of their homes is a broken mail box and his memorial.
They refused to be idle after Saturday night’s crash. Arlie Gertson was one of the first people who tried saving Esquivel's life.
“I gave it my all. I tried,” he said. “The worst thing. The images last night, we couldn't sleep. My buddy Randy and I couldn’t sleep. He couldn't handle it; I couldn't,” Gertson said.
It didn't take long for Gertson’s neighbors to come out and help while they waited for police.
“I'm still torn up about it. I've seen scary movies before and it's nothing like that, especially in person, very scary,” said Amber Paulus, Gertson’s neighbor.
The crash happened right in front of their homes, an area they say is dangerous for pedestrians even in daylight.
“It's a pretty open stretch. There's no sidewalk--no where for anybody to walk,” said Gertson.
“My kids, they used to play out here, which I've always advised them not to because people don't pay attention and now, I don't like them up there anymore,” said Paulus.
Haunted by what they saw, the neighbors felt like they had to do something positive. They didn't know the 22-year-old, but built a memorial so others would.
“He didn’t' deserve to get hit; he didn't deserve to die like that,” said Gertson. “It made me feel better.”
They felt like this is the most they could do: remind anyone who drives by their homes the kind of impact their decision behind the wheel can have on everyone around them.
“For people to lose their life in that way is just wrong,” said Gertson.