Police said a man fighting with his girlfriend was killed after falling out of a moving van that crashed on Interstate 84 Saturday night.
Police were called to the scene about four miles west of Cascade Locks at 9 p.m. Saturday.
A 1999 GMC van with three people inside collided with a guardrail and the driver was thrown to the ground.
Police said Austin Herd, 31, was involved in a physical altercation with his girlfriend, Nicole Quintana, 30, in the front passenger seat.
The van then traveled to the left side of the traffic lanes and hit a guardrail. Herd was not wearing a seatbelt, according to troopers.
He fell out of the moving van through the driver's side door. Investigators said the door was held in place by a bungee cord stretched from the interior door handle to the steering column. The temporary repair was in place because the broken door could not be closed and secured without it, according to police.
Quintana managed to stop the van. She was taken to the hospital, along with a second passenger, Jessy Walters, 18, but neither person was badly hurt as a result of the crash. Police said Quintana suffered minor injuries consistent with a physical altercation prior to the crash.
Detectives said Walters was a family friend of Herd and Quintana. The three were heading from Galveston, TX to Portland to move in with one of Herd's relatives. Herd had previously lived in northeast Portland.
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