Driver held in
Source: The Oregonian
Author: MICHAEL WILSON
driver of a Ford Mustang in a Saturday night drag race in Gresham lost
control and slammed into a tree, killing an 11-year-old girl in his back
seat, police said.
driver, Edgar Islas-Moran, 20, of Portland will be charged with
second-degree manslaughter, Gresham police Officer Grant McCormick said.
was just a little angel," said a friend of the girl's family, Jan
Vinsonhaler. "It's a stupid, stupid accident."
before 9 p.m. Saturday, Islas-Moran was driving along Southeast Stark
Street with his girlfriend, Jennifer Pomante, 17, of Corbett beside him.
Her 9-year-old brother, Adam "A.J.," and 11-year-old sister,
Krystal, were in the back seat.
started racing a white Honda near Southeast 212th Avenue when a pickup
turned in front of them into the parking lot of Pal Joey's, McCormick
said. The pickup driver thought he had plenty of time for the turn, not
realizing how fast the two cars were coming, he said.
car swerved and hit a tree. Krystal was taken to OHSU Hospital, where
she died about 5 a.m. of massive head and pelvic injuries. Jennifer and
A.J. were released from OHSU Hospital with bumps and bruises on Sunday
and were with their parents. Islas-Moran was not injured. Alcohol was
not a factor, and no one else has been charged, police said.
boyfriend used to drive the kids around all the time, wherever they
needed to go, Vinsonhaler said: "He loved them like they were his
own brother and sister. He's a wonderful young man."
fifth-grader at Corbett Grade School, Krystal was an active student and
athlete, playing basketball, softball and volleyball, and fishing.
"She was the sweetest little girl," Vinsonhaler said.
are looking for the driver of the other car in the race, a white Honda
with an off-color hood. The driver is in his early 20s with spiked,
blond hair. McCormick said he didn't think the two drivers knew each
other. Anyone with information should call 503-618-2705.
kids get it in their heads, who's got the faster car? And a tragedy like
this happened," McCormick said.
was being held in the Multnomah County Detention Center on Sunday,
charged with second-degree assault. Those charges will be upgraded,
police said. You can reach Michael Wilson at 503-294-7663 or by e-mail
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