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Man involved in six-car crash in Beaverton: 'Like something you’d see out of a movie'

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A man involved in a six-car crash in Beaverton Thursday is sharing his experience, calling it surreal and “like something you’d see out of a movie.”

Ivan Karpen said he was stopped at a red light at Southwest Murray and Hart Road just after 3:00 p.m. Thursday, when he saw someone driving a white SUV coming up behind him. That driver never stopped.

Karpen said the driver hit the back panel of his car, bending in his tire.  It was the start of a chain reaction crash that involved a total of six cars.

“He went through the intersection and all I could see was debris flying,” Karpen told Fox 12.  “When he finally stopped, he was at the other side of the intersection and he hit another car, a Toyota Prius, and it was just like in an instant, like something you’d see out of a movie.”

Police later identified the at-fault driver as Michael Smith, 43, of Longview, Washington. 

They say he was driving under the influence of a “controlled substance” and had five kids in the car.

“If he had hit me straight on in the rear I don’t think I’d be talking to you, I think it would be worse because he didn’t brake - he finally started to brake after he looked at the road after he hit my car,” Karpen added.  “It’s just a miracle that nobody was seriously, seriously hurt.”

Smith is now charged with DUII, reckless driving, and six counts of reckless endangering.

Police say Smith also violated a restraining order, and was facing additional charges related to that.  He’s due back in court later in March.

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