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Arrest in St. Johns hit-and-run and prison sentence for crash on N Willamette

Posted by on January 10th, 2020 at 12:45 pm

Damage from the scene of 2018 crash on North Willamette Blvd.
(Photo: PPB)

We have updates on two crashes that claimed the lives of two people in 2017 and 2018.

Today the Portland Police Bureau and Multnomah County District Attorney announced major developments in cases that involved fatal traffic crashes in north Portland.

The PPB says they’ve arrested a man for the death of Daniel Ramsey, who was struck while walking across North Fessenden Street on November 26th, 2017. 22-year-old Luis Silva Echeverria-Navarrete was arrested in Hillsboro after an investigation by the PPB’s Traffic Investigations Unit. Using tips from people in the community, Echeverria-Navarrete was identified as the driver and has been charged with manslaughter, failure to perform the duties of a driver, driving under the influence of intoxicants and reckless driving. He was arraigned today.

And the Multnomah County District Attorney’s office has announced that 24-year-old Calum Breitenberg has been given a 48-month prison sentence for killing a man with his car. On November 15th, 2018 Breitenberg was driving at a high rate of speed on North Willamette Blvd near Alma (across from Cathedral Coffee) when he lost control of his car, smashed into parked cars, and fatally wounded 32-year-old Jason Barns who was in street collecting cans from trash bins.


As part of his plea deal, Breitenberg must watch video of Barns’ memorial service then write a letter to the family about how it made him feel.

According to MCDA, Breitenberg pleaded guilty to one count of criminally negligent homicide and one count of driving under the influence of intoxicants. “Mr. Barns’ family wanted to ensure accountability but also wanted to make sure Mr. Breitenberg had a deeper understanding of his actions and is given an opportunity to rehabilitate. This sentence accomplishes all of the family’s wishes,” said Multnomah County Senior Deputy District Attorney David Hannon.

As part of his sentence, Breitenberg receives five years probation and has had his driver’s license revoked (he can re-apply for driving privileges 10 years after his release). He also must perform 160 hours of community service, attend the DUII Victim Impact Panel and watch a video of Barns’ memorial service and then write a letter to the court about his reactions to the memorial service. “Mr. Barns’ family believes this important condition of sentencing will allow Breitenberg to see the impact Mr. Barns’ death had on his family, friends and the community,” reads an MCDA statement released this afternoon.

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48 months for killing someone…wow.

Todd Boulanger
Todd Boulanger

Does Oregon (or Washington or any US city) have any post jail release transportation training for use of cycling or transit so as to reduce the typical motor vehicle recidivism by those who have had their driver privileges cancelled? Such a service would be much cheaper than such a driver returning to drive illegally (and likely without insurance) and then more jail time.

Todd Boulanger
Todd Boulanger

PS. Has there been any implementation on the then proposed safety mitigations for St Johns discussed when these incidents occurred?

The Dude
The Dude

It seems like a reasonably appropriate sentence to me. But I can’t help but think there’s a better way than waiting for this to happen and having one life gone and another one fundamentally altered. When it comes down to it, punishment only makes us feel better, it doesn’t accomplish most of what we need, which is to prevent this totally preventable tragedy.


People might think 48 months isn’t enough, but most of the time when a driver kills someone, while breaking the law, there’s no legal consequences at all.

Daniel Ramsey
Daniel Ramsey

Hit & Run Daniel Ramsey II Sun, Jan 12, 6:44 PM (3 days ago)
to amy.frazier KOIN 6 news reporter
Amy, this is Daniel Ramsey, Daniel Ramsey II father.
You and I talked on the phone back when you where doing a story about my sons death.
You told me the story was to refresh the crash in peoples mind in an attempt to foster finding my sons killer. Turns out your story “A Mothers Grief” was not about Daniel or trying to foster finding the BMW driver at all. Your story was about Daniel’s mother…

Now the driver is arrested. I told you back then that this investigation was by the “Major Crash Investigator” being botched. I know i stated one reason was that that BMW was a 6 year car and police where searching for a 2001 to 2003 BMW. Turns out it was a 1997.
The real story now is that the Driver and his BLACK BMW was arrested for DUI in Hillsborough just an hour later. I can only assume the car was impounded.

The incompetence of the arresting officer to put 2 and 2 together, even if not that night… but within a few days unbelievable!
Than we add that to the incompetence of the “Major Crash Investigator”.

Portland police spokesman has went on camera stating that this case was solved to to the due diligence of the team and that they never gave up on this investigation.
What a load of BS. it was solved when a citizen informed authorities
about what this guy had said… NOT “Due Diligence”.. What!
This is absolute insanity. Any 2nd grade class project could have solved this.

I guess I really don’t expect you to report on this HUGE FAIL by the authorities
because it would appear that you don’t pen stories that might ruffle any police or
local government feathers? Perhaps you should…
Daniel Ramsey (Followup: as of 1-15-2000 I have not received a reply to the above email)