Eugene, Ore – A Springfield man was sentenced on Wednesday to 36 months supervised probation for the death of a Eugene man.
KENNETH LEE MCQUOWN plead guilty to the charge of Criminally Negligent Homicide on April 27, 2022. His driver’s license was suspended for life, and he must spend the next 36 month on supervised probation.
McQuown was originally charged with the following:
Criminally Negligent Homicide
On December 16th. 2019, at 1:40 pm, Springfield Police and Fire Departments responded to the Pour House Tavern located at 444 42nd St. for a vehicle vs. pedestrian crash. Nathan Atwood Nelson had been walking southbound along the west sidewalk on 42nd St. just prior to the crash. The vehicle had been traveling southbound on 42nd St. just prior to leaving the roadway and striking the Nelson who was still on the sidewalk.
The driver of the vehicle, Kenneth Lee McQuown, returned to the crash scene after the collision. The Nelson was non-communicative and was transported to Riverbend Hospital with life threatening injuries. The Springfield Police Department’s (SPD) Major Accident Investigation Team (MAIT) was called to investigate the crash. 42nd St. between E St. and Commercial Ave. was closed for around three hours following the crash while investigators collected evidence and processed the scene of the crash.
Nathan Atwood Nelson, 40 of Eugene succumbed to his injuries at the hospital.
While alcohol did not appear to be a contributing factor for the driver, other possibly impairing prescription medications may have been.
(Information from SPD, jail records, and Oregon Judicial Records Smart Search)