Drunk Driver Sentenced for Deadly Old Town Crash
Warstler at sentencing
Scene of the accident
By KXL.com Staff
PORTLAND, Ore. -- The man who hit two women in the Old Town district this past January, killing one and injuring the other was sentenced on Tuesday morning.
42-year-old Brent Warstler of Cornelius will spend more than seven years behind bars for manslaughter and DUII. Judge Thomas Ryan said his actions were not an accident, but a horrific tragedy that was completely avoidable.
Authorities say he ran a red light and crashed into a Sassy's cab, hitting a group of people on the sidewalk at Northwest 5th and Everett. The crash killed 20-year-old Rebbecca Bray and seriously injured 21-year-old Brandi Butner. Three passengers in Warstler's truck were also hurt.
The two women were celebrating a friend's 21st birthday that Saturday night and were walking to meet their ride.
Bray's mother urged the judge to make the sentence tough and reasonable.
"She was a ray of sunshine that was felt by everyone who knew her. She will be profoundly missed. I think about how senseless this accident is. It could have been totally avoided."
Warstler's attorney says he took it "like a man, he cried", that he accepts full responsibility and feels a lot of pain over what happened.