Pamplin Media Group – Clackamas Town Center manslaughter case takes strange new twist

Police switched the alleged passenger and driver who allegedly fled the Ross Dress for Less hold-up, ramming and killing Milwaukie resident Kris Lee Nickelson.

A case of reckless driving and manslaughter, which began with a Ross Dress for Less robbery report, has taken a bizarre new turn, with police saying the suspect originally identified as the passenger in the vehicle was in says the driver who struck and killed a Milwaukie resident while fleeing. Clackamas Town Center shopping mall.

On Thursday, Jan. 13, detectives from the Clackamas County Sheriff’s Office arrested 22-year-old Aunajae Smith of Portland and charged her with manslaughter, reckless endangerment and reckless driving. On Sept. 21, members of the Clackamas County Sheriff’s Office and the U.S. Marshals Service arrested 27-year-old Oregon City resident Anthony Michael Lucero as the driver in the Sept. 16 case, but police say now that he was actually the passenger on the basis of “further”. investigation and forensic analysis of evidence by the Oregon State Crime Lab.”

Although he is no longer charged with manslaughter, Lucero should still be charged with being a felon in possession of a firearm. He was charged with previous charges of reckless driving and attempting to evade police in March, according to court records which show he had to give up $3,000 bail due to his failure to show up for court. .

The case began shortly after 8 p.m. when deputies responded to a theft report from Ross, 11211 SE 82nd Ave., in unincorporated Clackamas County. Sheriff’s deputies arrived in the area and attempted to stop the suspect vehicle, but it fled.

Prosecutors said that while fleeing downtown Clackamas, Smith allegedly failed to stop at a traffic light and struck a vehicle at the intersection of Bell Avenue and Southeast Johnson Creek Boulevard. The CCSO identified the driver of the vehicle struck by Smith as Kris Lee Nickelson, 54, of Milwaukie. Nickelson was treated by MPs and Clackamas Fire paramedics at the scene and transported to a local hospital by AMR, where he later died.

Smith was taken to a local hospital with serious injuries. Later, she was discharged from the hospital.

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