Former Gov. Kitzhaber's son gets 7 days in jail for DUII crash
PORTLAND, Ore. – The son of former Oregon Governor John Kitzhaber was sentenced to 7 days in jail and 5 years probation for a DUII crash last summer.
On July 4, 2016, Logan Kitzhaber was driving a Toyota Prius on Highway 101 when he sideswiped a motorhome, causing the vehicle to roll onto its side.
Kitzhaber was seriously injured in the crash, and the people in the RV suffered some minor injuries.
"I would just like to say that I’m so very sorry to the victims to what I’ve done," Kitzhaber said Monday morning while entering a guilty plea. "I’m committed to making lasting changes in my life and obviously the biggest thing I’ve learned through all this is how my actions can affect other people."
Crash survivor Martha Lyckman sent a letter to the the court saying she and her husband Stan were on their first retirement vacation when Kitzhaber's car hit their motor home, leaving her husband permanently disabled.
"His ankle was fused and will only have 20 percent mobility for the rest of his life," Lyckman wrote in her letter. "For me, the emotional injuries have been more difficult to overcome than the physical. Rattled to the core is the only way I can express the deeply penetrating trauma I have experienced."
Prosecutors say Kitzhaber, who was 18 at the time, admitted to drinking a beer before leaving for Lincoln City. An affidavit states he also told a paramedic he had smoked marijuana the previous night.
He was initially charged with DUII, reckless driving, assault, reckless endangerment and criminal mischief in the crash.
Lincoln County Judge Sheryl Bachart gave Kitzhaber credit for putting himself into a treatment program right after the crash, but she also said he has to change or his apology to the victims will mean nothing.
"If you continue to engage in that behavior, that’s the worst thing you could do to these victims. Because then it was for nothing. Then it’s just a matter of time before you cause this harm to somebody else," Bachart said.