Driver who plunged off bridge ID’d as Oregon dad Antonio Amaro-Lopez: cops

Driver who plunged off bridge ID’d as Oregon dad Antonio Amaro-Lopez: cops


The driver whose SUV plunged off a bridge between Oregon and Washington has been identified as a Portland father of three, police said — while relatives described him as the “hardest working man” and “kindest person.”

The body of Antonio Amaro-Lopez, 57, was recovered Wednesday inside his family’s 2006 Subaru Tribeca at the base of the Glenn L. Jackson Memorial Bridge, which spans the Columbia River. Portland police confirmed his identity Thursday, adding that his relatives had been notified days after the dramatic Sunday crash.

“Plans are underway to recover the vehicle from the water,” Portland police said Thursday. “The Portland Police Bureau is grateful to all who assisted with the response to this incident, especially the Multnomah County Sheriff’s Office for their extensive search efforts.”

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The discovery confirmed the worst fears of Amaro-Lopez’s family, who previously said they believed he was the man whose SUV went over the bridge after leaving his family’s restaurant, Amaro’s Table, in Hazel

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