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Family of DUII suspect charged in deadly crash: 'He made a horrible mistake'

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Matthew Freeman in court Monday. Matthew Freeman in court Monday.
Nick Horsey, family photo Nick Horsey, family photo
Deadly crash scene, early Sunday morning Deadly crash scene, early Sunday morning
Matthew Freeman, jail booking photo Matthew Freeman, jail booking photo
PORTLAND, OR (KPTV) -

A Portland man was killed and another is facing criminal charges after a crash in north Portland on Halloween night. 

Police said speed and alcohol were factors in the crash.
 
Matthew Freeman, 21, couldn’t hold back his tears in court Monday as he faced a judge on charges of DUII, manslaughter and criminally negligent homicide. 

Police said Freeman had been drinking and was speeding at around 1 a.m. Sunday when he hit 27-year-old Nick Horsey. 

Police arrived and found Horsey in the road at North Lombard and Peninsular Avenue. He was pronounced dead at the scene.
 
Freeman’s uncle spoke to reporters after his arraignment Monday saying Freeman has never been in trouble before and the family is in shock.
 
“He’s a good kid," said Joe Geer.  “He graduated from Benson with honors, he works for Adidas shoes and he made a horrible mistake. We pray for the families involved and we’re very sorry.”
 
Horsey’s grandmother, Maureen Proffitt, is heartbroken. She told FOX 12 that Halloween was Horsey’s birthday. 

She said he was at a party with friends, he left to go to the store and never came back.  Proffitt knows that two families are
now grieving.
 
“The  family of the boy that hit him, we forgive you," said Proffitt. “We understand and we know you’re going through pain just like we are.”
 
Horsey worked at the Portland International Airport and was very close with his family. His grandmother says his death should be a reminder of how one bad choice can change everything.
 
“Please don’t drink and drive. You don’t only hurt yourself, you hurt somebody else," she said. 

According to court documents, Freeman told police he had been at a party and drank three to four Coronas. He said he left the party after fighting with his girlfriend. 

Freeman told investigators that he saw Horsey walking on the sidewalk, when he ran into the roadway, according to a probable cause affidavit. The affidavit states Freeman tried to move his car to avoid hitting Horsey, but he was unable to avoid a collision. 

Freeman said he got out and tried to help Horsey. Court documents state Freeman consented to a blood-alcohol test and it came back .03, more than two hours after the crash. 

Freeman said he felt comfortable driving, but rated himself a four on a scale of one to 10, with 10 being extremely intoxicated, according to court documents. 
 
Freeman is being held on $277,000 bail. 

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