Police: Man hit, killed on Portland sidewalk; driver arrested for DUII, manslaughter

Aidan S. Moran, jail booking photo. 

PORTLAND, OR (KPTV) - A man walking on a Portland sidewalk was hit and killed by a driver who is facing charges including DUII and manslaughter, according to police.

Emergency crews responded to the Buckman neighborhood at 6:43 p.m. Friday.

Investigators said the driver of a Subaru Forester was heading south on Northeast 18th Avenue, went through a stop sign without stopping and pulled in front of a Toyota Tacoma heading east on East Burnside Street, causing the pickup to hit the passenger side of the Subaru.

The crash pushed the Subaru onto the southeast sidewalk. The car pinned a man walking on the sidewalk against a building.

The man was taken to the hospital and pronounced dead. The man was identified Tuesday by police as 36-year-old Christopher Copeland.

The driver of the Subaru, 18-year-old Aidan Scott Moran, was arrested on charges of second-degree manslaughter, DUII, reckless driving and reckless endangerment. Police said Moran had a blood-alcohol content of .12%.

Officers said there were two passengers in the Subaru who ran away after the crash. One passenger returned and was interviewed by police. No details were released about the second passenger.

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Just curious, are the jerks still protesting downtown, or, are they taking a 'fire-break?'

Big Dangling Ding Dong

This has already been said many, many times, but there is no rhyme nor reason someone should be drinking and driving. There are far too many options out there for people i.e., lyft, uber, cab, finding a designated driver.


Absolutely correct. And yet every freaking week there is a new story about some sad sack of $#/)+ who, being the selfish =π√|€}°^ that they are made the decision to risk any one whom they might come across life because they just couldn't be inconvenienced by acceptance of their own responsibility for themselves, by leaving their vehicle behind and catching a different ride home. At some point in the future society is going to have to stand up and demand that the criminal justice system treat DUII that involves the loss of life as homicide as opposed to the unintended death it currently is. We all know what can happen, we have been raised on story after tragic story, week after week, of some innocent person who lost their life behind some worthless excuse who made that choice. It took a national effort of MADD, Mother's Against Drunk Driving , years to get the justice system to criminalize it. Before, if you got stopped by cops, they'd drive you home because "but for the grace of God, there go I". But that is just BS. Far too many people die from DUII to just continue to be passive about it.

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