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Suspected driver in deadly DUII crash expected to be released from jail

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PORTLAND, OR (KPTV) -

The man accused of crashing into a group of people on a sidewalk in Old Town is set to be released from jail.

Brent Warstler, 42, appeared before a judge Monday morning to determine if he could await his trial under house arrest.

Police say Warstler was driving drunk when he hit two pedestrians. Rebecca Bray died instantly upon impact. Her best friend Brandi Butner survived, but with severe injuries.

A judge reduced Warstler's bail significantly Monday, from $300,000 to $50,000.

The defense argued that Warstler is remorseful over what happened and should be put under house arrest until his trial.

His lawyers also pointed out to the judge that he immediately tried to right his wrong by performing CPR at the scene.

"I just don't understand it how he could be able to be released," said Butner's father, Bruce Butner.

"My sister does not have the option to come home, that chance was stolen from her," said Sara Bray. "There will be no goodbyes."

The two friends were out walking along a sidewalk in Old Town back in January, celebrating Brandi Butner's 21st birthday. That's when police say Warstler was driving drunk, ran a red light, hit a cab and then hit both girls head-on.

"What he did is just unexcusable at 42 years old. That's the way I feel about it," said Bruce Butner.

If Warstler posts bail, his release does include special requirements.

He must wear an ankle bracelet that monitors alcohol use, he cannot drive without court permission and he must attend Alcoholics Anonymous meetings.

His trial is scheduled to begin on March 14.

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