Father remembers son killed in I-5 crash

Father remembers son killed in I-5 crash

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by KGW.com staff

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Posted on August 10, 2013 at 5:15 PM

Updated Saturday, Aug 10 at 6:00 PM

PORTLAND -- Thomas Swift, 52, was killed in a three-car crash on Interstate 5 Friday afternoon. He lived on a quiet street in the Salmon Creek area of Clark County with his 87-year-old father.

“Well I have moments where I want to cry, you know?” George Swift said.

He said his son Tom loved to drive, and so the delivery job for a document company was perfect for him. It also allowed him time to be home more.

“He was taking care of me and I of him. That’s going to stop now,” George Swift said. “I don’t know how it will continue, but I’m working on it.”

The man driving the truck that started the chain-reaction crash was 56-year-old Ronald Witt of Tigard. He was arrested at the scene for driving while his license was revoked.

Witt has a driving history that includes 4 DUII convictions, and being caught several times, driving while his license was suspended or revoked.

More: Driver in deadly I-5 crash has long history of driving-related convictions

“It’s not a right. It’s a privilege and he lost that privilege a long time ago,” said Jimmy Gomez.

Gomez is bothered by the fact Witt was driving. He and a AT&T store co-worker Nick Tobias heard the crash and ran down onto the freeway to help. Gomez did CPR on Swift, working with others.

“You know it’s just it hits you afterwards, but at that moment, I did what everybody else was trying to do to bring him back man,” he said.

Tom Swift was a man who loved his dog duke, and his dad. They both loved him back and they'll miss him.

“I’d like people to know is he was a thoroughly nice guy,” George Swift said.

It is important to note that so far Witt has only been charged with driving on a revoked license, not for anything connected to the crash.

The Portland police investigation is far from over, so that could change.

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KGW reporter Tim Gordon contributed to this report.

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