Eugene man pleads no contest in death of Oakland resident

A Eugene man who will spend 10 years behind bars for manslaughter has no memory of the crash that killed an Oakland man, his defense attorney said today.

Joshua James Davis, 27, was driving the wrong way on Interstate 5 in Canyonville when he collided with a vehicle driven by 44-year-old Victor Anderson.

The accident occurred near Milepost 102 around 4:25 a.m on March 3.

Davis pleaded no contest Tuesday to first-degree manslaughter and was sentenced to the mandatory minimum sentence of 10 years under Measure 11.

“He couldn’t remember what happened till he woke up in the hospital. He didn’t dispute police reports,” defense attorney Daniel Bouck said.

The plea and automatic sentencing ends a case in which Anderson, a lifelong Oakland resident, was killed while driving to the Swanson Group mill in Glendale, where he worked as a millwright.

Davis was also charged with driving under the influence of intoxicants and recklessly endangering another person.

Davis was intoxicated when he was driving his GMC Yukon north in the southbound lanes and hit Anderson’s Kia sedan on a long curve.

Anderson died at the scene. Davis broke his heel in the accident.

Bouck said his client wanted to plead no contest to take responsibility for his actions and let the family move on with life.

Davis had been asking to plead no contest for a while, Bouck said.

“I told him he had to wait. I wanted to sit down with him and make sure it was what he really wanted to do,” he said.

Davis will also spend three years on post-prison supervision.

Anderson is survived by his wife, Michelle, and two stepdaughters.

• You can reach reporter Betsy Swanback at 541-957-4208 or by email at bswanback@nrtoday.com.


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