Police found evidence of alcohol use by the 17-year-old driver.
Friday night around 11 p.m. a car crashed into a utility pole near Highway 170 and Aldercreek lane outside the city of Canby. One passenger was killed from injuries sustained in the crash.
A passerby called 911 to report a vehicle crashed into a power pole near the 25100 block of Hwy 170 outside the city of Canby. Power lines were also reported to be down. Clackamas County Sheriff Deputies responded to the scene and were assisted by officers from the Canby Police and Fire Departments. The vehicle struck the power pole on the passenger side with enough force to break it and knock it to the ground. The vehicle came to a stop on its top. The vehicle was heading from the Molalla area back towards the city of Canby.
Three occupants were in the vehicle. All were injured. The driver, a 17 year old male, and the back seat passenger, a 15 year old male, were both transported to OHSU by ground ambulance for injuries. The front seat passenger, 19-year-old Daniel Gonzalez, of Canby, was transported by Life Flight helicopter to Emanuel Hospital. He later died as a result of injuries sustained in the crash.
Responding deputies reported signs of alcohol use by the driver and initiated an investigation for Driving Under the Influence of Intoxicants. Clackamas County's Criminal Reconstruction and Forensic Team (CRAFT) was called in to assist with accident reconstruction. The investigation is ongoing.