Man arrested on DUII and manslaughter charges after allegedly striking three construction workers in Happy Valley construction zone

A 51-year-old Portland man is facing DUII and manslaughter charges after authorities say he ignored a well-marked road construction zone and struck three workers, of which one was killed.

At about 12:35 p.m., Tuesday, May 23, Happy Valley deputies were called out to an accident near SE 122nd Ave. and SE Yoakum Lane in Happy Valley.

Deputies arrived and learned that a 1990 Lexus driven by Fedsot A. Tsopko, 51, of Portland, was driving northbound on SE 122nd Ave., and approached what is described as a well-marked construction zone.

Fedsot A. Tsopko, 51, of Portland, was arrested May 23, 2017 on DUII and manslaughter charges after allegedly driving through a road construction zone and striking three workers. Photo courtesy of Clackamas County Jail.

A flagger attempted to stop Tsopko’s vehicle, but Tsopko reportedly struck the flagger, and continued driving into the construction zone.

Tsopko’s vehicle struck two construction workers, one of whom was killed by the impact of Tsopko’s vehicle. Tsopko continued driving for an additional 200 to 300 feet before his vehicle left the roadway and rolled onto its side.

Tsopko had to be extracted from his vehicle by personnel from Clackamas Fire District #1, and was taken to a hospital where he was treated and subsequently arrested.

The flagger and the other construction worker were transported to area hospitals. Their conditions are not known at this time.

Tsopko was lodged in Clackamas County Jail on charges of DUII and second-degree manslaughter, and his bail is set at $252,500.