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Tigard driver charged with manslaughter in Portland crash

O'BrienA Tigard woman faces manslaughter charges after police say she crashed into a car in Southeast Portland last week and killed the driver.

Shannon Leigh O’Brien, 21, remains lodged in the Multnomah County Detention Center on charges of driving under the influence of intoxicants, reckless driving and second-degree manslaughter after she was indicted on Tuesday, April 5.

According to police, O’Brien was driving the wrong direction down northbound McLoughlin Boulevard when she crashed into another vehicle, driven by Michael Jose, 25, at Southeast Reedway Street.

Jose was rushed to a nearby hospital with a critical brain injury. His right hand had to be amputated, according to police, and he then died on April 3 from his injuries.

O’Brien fractured her sternum in the crash. Police said her blood alcohol content was .246 percent, according to court documents.

A driver is considered legally impaired in Oregon if their blood alcohol level reaches or exceeds .08 percent.

According to Pamplin Media Group's news partner KOIN 6 News, O’Brien told police that she had consumed four glasses of wine and two beers while at a work party.

O’Brien was indicted Tuesday, April 5, in Multnomah County Circuit Court.

Her bail was set on $255,000 bail.

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