14 years of prison for killing road worker in Happy Valley
A drunk driver who killed a construction worker in May 2017 in Happy Valley will spend 14 years in prison.
Fedot Tsopko drove into a well-marked construction zone on Southeast 122nd Avenue between Sunnyside Road and Mountain Gate Road in Happy Valley and hit three workers before careening into a ditch. Tsopko pleaded guilty to manslaughter, assault, reckless endangerment and driving under the influence.
At his sentencing Feb. 9, Circuit Court Judge Robert D. Herndon told Tsopko, "You were like a time bomb waiting to go off due to alcoholism."
Investigators said a flagger tried to stop Tsopko, who was driving a 1990 Lexus 4D. But Tsopko reportedly moved forward, hitting the flagger and driving into the work zone.
Two of the construction workers survived, but 48-year-old Pablo Dominguez-Amezuca died from his injuries.
At his May 24 arraignment, Tsopko needed the help of a Russian interpreter while he was in court, but after hearing his charges read, he asked "Did I kill him?" in English.
Clackamas County Sgt. Brian Jensen said Dominguez-Amezuca attempted to stop Tsopko before he was struck by the vehicle. Through an online fundraising page, the Dominguez-Amezuca family raised $10,000 for his funeral.
Tsopko's vehicle continued northbound along 122nd Avenue for more than 200 feet before leaving the roadway and rolling onto its side in a ditch. Tsopko was trapped inside of his vehicle and had to be extracted by Clackamas Fire personnel.
The flagger and injured construction worker were rushed via AMR to local hospitals. Injured workers Preston Stucky, 26, of Cornelius, and William Griffin, 62, of Happy Valley, did not have life-threatening injuries.