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DUII suspect indicted for June crash that killed jogger in NE Portland

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Thomas Gazzola (Photo courtesy: Nancy Gazzola-Hines) Thomas Gazzola (Photo courtesy: Nancy Gazzola-Hines)
PORTLAND, OR (KPTV) -

A man accused of hitting and killing a jogger in northeast Portland nearly five months ago is now facing criminal charges.

Richard Dryden, 63, of Longview, was initially arrested June 3. Police said he was drunk behind the wheel when he hit 55-year-old Thomas Gazzola in an unmarked crosswalk near Northeast 60th and Wasco Street.

Gazzola was a popular math professor at Washington State University-Vancouver. He was director of the school's Math Tutoring Center and also a member of a national puzzle team that won a competition at MIT in January.

Gazzola was taken to the hospital in critical condition after the crash and eventually taken off life support.

The case against Dryden was initially dismissed after the district attorney's office allowed the deadline for an indictment to pass, with the intention of possibly re-filing charges at a later date.

Last week, a grand jury convened and an indictment was filed against Dryden. He is now charged with criminally negligent homicide and DUII.

An arraignment date was not immediately available.

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