Ore. man pleads guilty to vehicular homicide



VANCOUVER, Wash. (AP) — A Hillsboro, Ore., man accused of driving drunk and causing a Vancouver, Wash., crash that killed an infant has pleaded guilty to vehicular homicide.

The Columbian reports (http://bit.ly/sEhbCl) that 26-year-old Christopher Roman will be sentenced Dec. 9.

Clark County Senior Deputy Prosecutor Kasey Vu says Roman faces between 4 12 and 5 12 years in prison. Vu says the plea Wednesday didn’t involve a plea bargain.

Prosecutors alleged Roman was intoxicated and driving fast on Aug. 21 on northbound Interstate 5 when he lost control of his car and struck a car on the side of the freeway.

The 3-month-old baby’s parents, 21-year-old Terra Pina and 23-year-old Angel Pena from the Puget Sound area were on their way home from a camping trip and stopped on the highway shoulder to fix a flat tire. The Washington State Patrol said the infant was inside the disabled car and died at the scene.


Information from: The Columbian, http://www.columbian.com