Vancouver woman indicted by grand jury in crash that killed boy

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Paige D. Couch

A jury indicted a Vancouver woman on Wednesday afternoon for first-degree manslaughter and other felony charges in connection with a fatal crash in Beaverton, Ore., earlier this month.

Paige D. Couch, 38, was also indicted on charges of second-degree assault, third-degree assault, driving under the influence of intoxicants and reckless driving, a Beaverton Police Department bulletin said. She is in custody at the Washington County Jail with no bail.

The crash happened around 7:45 p.m. Jan. 8 on the 3800 block of Southwest Canyon Road. Couch was driving a Chevy Avalanche east when the SUV crossed the center line, sideswiped a Toyota Prius and ran into an Acura TL sedan, the release said.

A 10-year-old boy in the Acura, David Kardashov, was pronounced dead at the scene. The boy’s mother, Vera Kardashov, 48, was sent to Legacy Emanuel Medical Center. A 15-year-old boy who was also in the car, Alex Kardashov, was transported for precautionary reasons, police said. He was released from the hospital with minor bumps and bruises.

The family lives in Beaverton, and the boys are home-schooled; David also took additional classes at an elementary school east of Beaverton.

The driver of the Prius, Michael Montag, 31, of Portland, was uninjured.

Police arrived and found all occupants of the Avalanche standing outside the truck. The occupants, who were uninjured from the crash, did not immediately identify the driver, police said. Investigators later determined Couch had been driving, the release said.

The Avalanche had front-end damage and one of its front wheels was sheared off the vehicle. The Acura had extensive damage on the driver’s side and the Prius had little damage.