PORTLAND – The driver arrested in connection with a deadly crash on Interstate 5 Friday is now facing a felony charge of aggravated driving while suspended, a judge ruled Tuesday.
Ronald Witt, 56, appeared in court Tuesday in connection with the crash, which killed 52-year-old Thomas Swift of Vancouver, Wash.
Witt was driving a Ford F-150 that rear-ended Swift's small Chevrolet coupe, killing him. Swift's car also hit another car, causing a complete shutdown of I-5 for more than three hours.
Wit has a long history of driving-related convictions dating back more than 20 years, according to records obtained by KGW.
As he left the courtroom, KGW asked Witt why he was driving that day "stupidity" he replied.
According to court records, Witt was convicted of driving while suspended in 2003. He was also convicted of driving while revoked twice, one of which was a class C felony.
Witt has also racked up four DUII convictions in Oregon dating back to 1995 with the most recent conviction in 2008.