BMW mechanic Darryl Smith, 66 was killed when his Jeep Cherokee SUV overturned in front of his BMW in a crash that police said was driven by a drunk driver.
Smith’s body was found Thursday in the SUV.
Police say the crash occurred about 6:20 p.m. in the 6500 block of North State Street.
Smith was a mechanic for BMW and had been driving a BMW with an air bag system installed in his Jeep.
He was a father of five.
Smith worked at the BMW for 18 years and was well known for his expertise in mechanical repairs.
His daughter, Lisa, told The Associated Press that he had worked on BMW vehicles for decades.
“He’s a great guy, and a very hard worker,” Lisa Smith said.
“And we’re still waiting to hear what happened to his body.
He had been in the same dealership for 17 years.”
A BMW mechanic died in a DUI crash near Portland, Oregon.
The crash occurred Thursday afternoon in the city of Portland, a city of about 40,000 people.
Police said the driver, whose name was not released, was impaired at the time of the crash and was driving a gray SUV.
The man died at the scene.
“It’s a tragedy, and we’re praying for the family and all the friends of DarryL,” said Portland Police Chief Brian Pendleton.
“I can’t say anything at this point.
I’m just going to say that Darry was a good man, a hard worker, and had a lot of love for his community.”
He was driving an electric SUV.
He left behind his wife, Lisa.
Police identified the driver as a 63-year-old male.
The victim’s name was released Friday afternoon.
Police are not releasing details about the driver’s injuries, including whether the victim was wearing a seat belt.
The Portland area has seen an uptick in DUIs.
In February, there were 5,988 in the area, up from 4,852 the year before, according to the Portland Police Bureau.