Vancouver man fatally injured while crossing Portland street

Camas man arrested in connection with Friday night crash

By Mark Bowder, Columbian Metro Team Editor



William Rugg, 37, of Camas was arrested on suspicion of criminally negligent homicide in connection with the death of Tony Joy, 75, of Vancouver, who was struck and fatally injured by Rugg’s pickup on Southeast Stark Street in Portland on Friday.

A Vancouver man was fatally injured Friday when he was struck by a pickup while crossing a street in southeast Portland, according to the Portland Police Bureau. The driver of the pickup, a Camas man, was arrested on suspicion of criminally negligent homicide.

A police bulletin said the crash occurred about 5:45 p.m. when Tony Joy, 75, was crossing Southeast Stark Street at a marked and signaled crosswalk near Southeast 160th Avenue.

The bulletin said Joy was struck by a 1996 Ford F-150 pickup driven by William Rugg, 37. Joy was transported by ambulance to a Portland hospital but did not survive his injuries.

Rugg pulled into a large parking lot after the crash and remained on the scene after the crash.

The crosswalk had been recently upgraded with a rapid flashing light beacon to warn drivers that a pedestrian was crossing the street. Investigators found that the crosswalk beacon was activated and working at the time of the crash.

Rugg was taken into custody based on that evidence and booked into Multnomah County Jail, with arraignment set for Monday, the police bulletin said.

Additional investigation is being conducted by officers with the Portland Police Bureau’s Traffic Division.