Announcing An Arrest After A Two-Year Traffic Investigation

Portland Police Bureau

On Thursday, January 9, 2020, at 4:30 p.m., Portland Police officers, with the assistance of the Hillsboro Police Department, took 22-year-old Luis Silva Echeverria-Navarrete into custody relating to a probable cause arrest. This arrest was the culmination of a two-year, fatal hit and run investigation by PPB's Traffic Investigations Unit.

On November 26, 2017, at 9:56 p.m., Daniel Gene Ramsey III was struck and instantly killed by a speeding driver at the intersection of North Fessenden Street and North Alma Avenue while crossing the street in an unmarked crosswalk. Thanks to tips from community members, investigators were able to identify Mr. Echeverria-Navarrete as the driver of the vehicle.

PPB officers subsequently located and arrested Mr. Echeverria-Navarrete in Hillsboro, Oregon on Thursday. He was then transported and lodged into the Multnomah County Detention Center on charges relating to: manslaughter, failure to perform the duties of a driver (serious injury or death), driving under the influence of intoxicants and reckless driving.

"I am proud of our traffic investigators who never gave up," said Assistant Chief of Operations Michael Frome. "I want to recognize the collaborative effort between community members, the Hillsboro Police Department and the Portland Police Bureau which was invaluable to solving this case."

Mr. Echeverria-Navarrete is scheduled to be arraigned at 2:00 p.m. today in JC3 at the Justice Center. More information is expected to be released after.

The Portland Police Traffic Division is committed to providing enforcement and raising awareness regarding traffic safety for vehicles, bicyclists and pedestrians. Each year, traffic officers respond to preventable collisions. These collisions can deeply impact those involved, their families and loved ones. Traffic officers' number one priority is to address behaviors of all road users that might lead to a collision, including speed, impairment, distraction and disobeying signals.