submit a death
Chris Grassl (22) was killed when another car being chased by police struck his minivan
Published: Jan 04, 2007 @ 1:11 PM
Chris Grassl (22)
Nov 12, 2006
Cause of Death:
view their profile
A driver police were chasing ran a red light Sunday morning and smashed into a minivan, killing its lone occupant, investigators said.
The crash happened about 1:15 a.m., at the intersection of Division and Roberts in Gresham. Suspect Tyson McKay and two passengers in his vehicle were also injured, police said.
It all started when a Gresham officer spotted the car speeding, swerving, and running stop signs. The officer turned on his lights and siren, and began to chase. Moments later, Police said, while the pursuit was still on, McKay, 23, ran that red light and hit the minivan driven by 22-year old Chris Grassl.
Police also said the car McKay was driving was stolen and McKay tried to run away, but officers were able to arrest him a few blocks from the crash scene.
Police were defending their continued pursuit. "The vehicle obviously displayed some reckless behavior... and it's important for us to apprehend them... at least as safely as we can," said Gresham Police Sgt. Teddi Anderson. "Everything would point to the fact that he did everything right, [and] that he didn't do anything negligently or carelessly to apprehend the vehicle."
Chris' parents, Mike and Janet Grassl, said they don't blame police for their son's death. "Why blame the police for trying to do their job," said Mike.
Janet added, "It's not a result of the police. It's a result of the stupidity of the person behind the wheel."
The Grassls said Chris was on his way to Portland to pick up his girlfriend. They said the two were planning to get married.
They descibed Chris as a charismatic young man, who loved to sing. He was a baritone in the Sandy High School Choir.
Janet said the family was having a tough time handling with the loss, "Just trying to deal with the reality of it. You know, you keep expecting him to walk downstairs, or drive in the driveway and walk in."
Formal charges haven't yet been filed against McKay, because he spent much of the day in the hospital with minor injuries sustained in the wreck. But police said he would eventually be charged with manslaughter, assault, unauthorized use of a motor vehicle, felony attempt to elude, reckless driving and reckless endangerment.
The two passengers in McKay's car were transported to Portland-area hospitals with serious injuries, police said.
Innocent driver dies in crash after police chase
go back to article archive list
article loaded in 0 ms
Carla Lopez-Mejia (27) killed herself and her two children in a murder-suicide
A woman and her two young children were found dead in an apparent murder-suicide in northwest suburban Lake in the Hills, the McHenry County Coroner's Office said Wednesday.
Mitchell Snyder (17) was killed by a drunk driver
Mitchell Alan Snyder, age 17, of St. Ignace, Michigan, died on October 2, 2015 in St. Ignace. Mitchell was born to Brent Snyder and Debra Brandstrom on November 15, 1997 in Petoskey, Michigan.
Raynard Enlow (25) was found dead behind a church and an investigation is ongoing
Authorities are investigating a homicide after the body of a 25-year-old Michigan man was discovered in the woods behind a North Knoxville church on Monday.
Kerri Becvar (23) died after she crashed her car into a building
On Friday, October 7th, tragedy struck an East Islip family who have long standing roots in this community. Glenn and Jeanne Summa-Becvar tragically lost their 23 year old daughter Kerri, in a horrific accident on Carleton Avenue.
Griffin Matley (16) died in a dune-buggy-style vehicle accident
The family of a 16-year-old Howell student killed in a 2015 crash called the teen driver who caused the crash and his parents liars while asking for a 30-day sentence.
Copyright © 2009 MyDeathSpace.com