WCSO Deputy Michael Trotter continues to recover from injuries sustained in May 27 crash near Beaverton
Investigators say the teenage driver was responsible for a horrific crash that left two passengers dead and a seriously injured sheriff’s deputy is facing felony charges.
Detectives from the Beaverton Police Department arrested 18-year-old Southridge High School student Xavier Denzel Rodriguez on May 27 after a lengthy hospital stay. He allegedly rammed his Nissan Altima into Deputy Michael Trotter’s SUV patrol vehicle at the intersection of the Tualatin Valley Freeway and Murray Boulevard after running a red light at high speed.
Trotter, a St. Paul resident, suffered life-threatening injuries including a broken pelvis, internal bleeding and extensive damage to his left leg. Trotter’s wife told a Portland television station that her husband’s prognosis was that he would not regain full use of his leg.
Trotter is a seven-year veteran of the sheriff’s office, having started as a reserve officer in 2013, and became a full-time patrol deputy in 2015.
Rodriguez was indicted by a Washington County grand jury while still in hospital. He was arrested on May 27 after being discharged from hospital.
“Defendant … unlawfully and recklessly caused grievous bodily harm to Michael Trotter by means of a motor vehicle, a dangerous weapon,” Assistant District Attorney Andrew Freeman wrote in the indictment.
Rodriguez faces multiple counts of first-, second- and third-degree manslaughter, three counts of second-degree assault, reckless driving and driving under the influence of intoxicants. Of the dozen charges he faces, 10 are felonies.
He was arraigned in Washington County Circuit Court last week and pleaded not guilty to the charges. His bail was set at $1.25 million.
Two SHS students, Matthew Nicholas Amaya, 17, and Juan Pablo Pacheco-Aguilera, 16, were killed in the accident. Two other Southridge students were also seriously injured in the accident.
Rodriguez is represented by Hillsboro attorney Carlita Marchitto and was scheduled to appear in Washington County Circuit Court on Friday (results were not available at press time).
In a GoFundMe account set up to cover the family’s expenses since the accident, organizer Mitchell Pereira said Trotter “has made significant progress and we are confident in his recovery and the level of care he is receiving.
“We have focused our attention on him, his care and his family,” Pereira said. “Mike can’t wait to get home and fights hard every day.”
The fund, with an initial target of $100,000, had topped $116,788 by June 2.
“Deputy Trotter remains at a local hospital and his recovery is slow,” said Sgt. Danny DiPetro, WCSO’s public affairs officer, said in an email. “He remains in stable condition, communicating with family, friends and medical staff, but please understand that Deputy Trotter was seriously injured and his recovery will be a long process.”
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