Manslaughter charges in Troutdale crash that killed child

Manslaughter charges in Troutdale crash that killed child

Print
Email
|

by Evan Sernoffsky, KGW.com Staff

kgw.com

Posted on November 22, 2013 at 3:28 PM

Updated Monday, Nov 25 at 8:36 PM

TROUTDALE, Ore. – Officers arrested 31-year-old Mattie Spino Friday for manslaughter and DUII after she rolled her vehicle on Interstate 84 in Troutdale Thursday night, killing a 9-year-old girl and injuring five others, police said.

Paramedics sped to the scene around 7:20 p.m. after Spino’s SUV smashed into the median and rolled onto its roof. Trapped inside were four children including a 7-year-old who was air lifted to the hospital, Spino, another adult, and 9-year-old Takesha Howtopat who died at the scene, according to Carey Kaer with Troutdale police.

Spino, who lives in Dallesport, Wash., pleaded guilty to a series of past traffic-related offences including, failure to use a child restraint, failure to use a seat belt, driving uninsured, and four charges of driving with a suspended license dating back to 2002, according to documents obtained by KGW Friday.

Just before 11 a.m. Friday, Spino was arrested and booked in the Multnomah County Jail on manslaughter, assault, reckless endangering, reckless driving and DUII charges.

"Any time life is lost it's horrible, but there are things you have to pay for, and the actions you take, you have to pay for them," Kaer said.

The 7-year-old who was taken by Life Flight helicopter to the hospital is recovering, Kaer said, but her condition was not released.

Spino's bail was set at more than $500,000.

Background: Rollover crash in Troutdale kills girl, sends 6 to the hospital

Print
Email
|