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Driver Charged After Deadly Happy Valley Workzone Crash

51-year-old Fedot Tsopko is facing multiple felony charges for a deadly crash in which he plowed through a Happy Valley workzone.

About the Fatal Happy Valley Crash

According to KATU, contractors were completing utility work near Southeast 122nd Avenue and Southeast Yoakum Lane Tuesday afternoon when Tsopko failed to stop for a flagger and crashed into the job site.

Pablo Dominguez-Amezcua, 48, was killed in the accident. William Griffin, 62, and Preston Stucky, 26, were both transported to the hospital – Stucky has since been released.

Tsopko is charged with manslaughter, assault II, assault III, hit-and-run, and driving under the influence of intoxicants. His bail has been set at $750,000.

National Traffic Accident Statistics

The following information was provided by the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration (NHTSA):

  • 35,092 people were killed in traffic crashes in the U.S. in 2015. This marked a 7.2-percent increase over the 32,744 deaths recorded in 2014 – the largest percentage increase recorded since 1966.
  • Of those killed in traffic accidents in 2015:
    • 22,441 were occupants of passenger vehicles
    • 5,376 were pedestrians
    • 4,976 were motorcyclists (operators and passengers)
    • 818 were pedalcyclists
    • 667 were occupants of large trucks
    • 227 were listed as other or as unknown
  • An additional 2,443,000 people were injured in traffic accidents in 2015.


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