Driver in fatal incident no longer in jail

Clark College dean killed in fall from truck

By John Branton, Columbian Staff Reporter

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Updated: June 15, 2011, 8:42 PM

 

The driver of a truck that a Clark College dean fell from on Saturday was no longer being held in the Columbia County, Ore., Jail on Wednesday evening.

Alex Montoya, 38, Clark College dean of enrollment services, was fatally injured in the accident near Scappoose, Ore.

The driver, Nicholas James Kay, 26, of Vancouver, is Montoya’s former brother-in-law, Columbia County Sheriff Jeff Dickerson said Wednesday. Kay was arrested after the accident on suspicion of criminally negligent homicide and DUI and earlier was being held in the jail with bail set at $5,625.

Kay has been released on bail for the DUI charge and district attorneys have not yet filed the formal charge of criminally negligent homicide, the sheriff said Wednesday.

Sheriff’s deputies obtained a search warrant to collect Kay’s blood and urine, which will be tested for alcohol content, Dickerson said. Once that and other evidence are obtained, district attorneys will decide whether to file the criminally negligent homicide charge.

A wake for Montoya will be held 4 to 7 p.m. Friday at the Hamilton-Mylan Funeral Home, 302 W. 11th St. in Vancouver.

A funeral service will be held at 1:30 p.m. Saturday at Trinity Lutheran Church, 309 W. 39th St.

A moment of silence will be observed during Clark’s commencement ceremony today.