Camas man charged with criminally negligent homicide

William Rugg was driving the pickup that hit a 75-year-old man

William Rugg

A Camas man was arrested Friday in Southeast Portland on charges of criminally negligent homicide after he hit a pedestrian with his vehicle.

William Rugg, 37, was booked into the Multnomah County Jail. He will be arraigned today.

According to a press release from the Portland Police Bureau, at 5:44 p.m., Rugg was driving his 1996 Ford F-150 pickup truck eastbound on Southeast Stark Street when he struck 75-year-old Tony Joy, of Vancouver.

Joy had been walking from the north side of Stark Street to the south side, in a marked crosswalk equipped with a rapid flashing light beacon. Witnesses told police that the beacon was activated at the time of the crash.

Joy was transported from the scene by ambulance to a Portland hospital, where he later died from his injuries.

After the crash, Rugg pulled into a nearby parking lot and remained at the scene.

Additional investigation is being conducted by PPB Traffic Division officers.

This is the 37th traffic fatality in Portland in 2016.