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 He was arrested at the scene for driving while his license was revoked.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.
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.
KGW reporter Tim Gordon contributed to this report.