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Published on February 26, 2024
Gresham Woman Faces Manslaughter, DUI Charges After Fatal Crash on Northeast Marine DriveSource: Google Street View

Tragedy struck on Northeast Marine Drive as 22-year-old Maria I. Moncada from Gresham, Oregon, was arrested and booked on serious charges after a fatal crash that ended one life. According to the Portland Police Bureau, Moncada was charged with Manslaughter in the First Degree, among other offenses, including Driving Under the Influence of Intoxicants (Alcohol) and Reckless Driving, as detailed in a recent press release.

Details from the police report state that Moncada, behind the wheel of a 2013 BMW 3-series, was speeding westbound when she allegedly veered off the road and slammed into the back of a 2015 Honda Fit that was parked on the shoulder the chain of events led to Northeast Marine Drive being closed until about 5:45 a.m. as investigators worked the scene. The name of the deceased has not been released pending family notification.

Portland's roads have become increasingly perilous, with this incident marking the city's 13th traffic-related fatality this year alone. However, these statistics, as grievous as they are, do not tell the whole story, for the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration's count might show a lower number since it excludes certain types of crashes, such as those involving suicides, private property, non-public roads, non-motor vehicles, medical events, and fatalities occurring more than 30 days post-crash.