Oregon paraplegic’s $10 MILLION estate is contested by the brother of a woman he killed in DUI crash while high on fentanyl – just a month before he overdosed on pills

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Written By Maya Cantina
  • Gabriel Owens, 45, killed Kira Haston in a car crash in September. He later died of a fentanyl overdose
  • Owens had been awarded $10million in 2016 after a bicycle crash on a resort  that left him a paraplegic 
  • Kyle Haston is now considering a civil suit after Owens’ death left him unable to face manslaughter charges

A battle is brewing over the $10million estate of an Oregon millionaire who killed a woman while driving high. 

In September, Gabriel Owens, 45, crashed his 2022 Tesla sedan head-on with a 2005 Mazda driven by Kira Haston, killing her. Owens died weeks later from a fentanyl overdose, meaning he never faced judgment for manslaughter charges. 

Owens himself was a paraplegic, a condition he suffered in 2016 when he crashed his mountain bike into a sign at Mt. Hood Skibowl. 

He was awarded $10.5million in a civil trial where he alleged the sign should have been collapsible.  

Now, Haston’s brother, Kyle, is considering filing a lawsuit against Owens’ estate to get the $10million for the alleged wrongful death of his sister.

There’s a battle developing over the $10million estate of Oregon man Gabriel Owens (pictured) who killed a woman in a wreck as he drove high. Owens died weeks later from an overdose

Owens had multiple previous convictions, including a 2019 misdemeanor for aggravated harassment, a 2014 DUI and dozens of traffic violations, before the crash that killed Kira Haston.

A police report from the September crash noted Owens told police he was buying hundreds of fentanyl pills for $1 each in downtown Portland six weeks before the wreck. 

‘It’s dangerous as hell, every time I take one it scares me,’ he told officers at the scene of the crash, according to The Oregonian. 

He claimed  he didn’t take any fentanyl the day of the crash but he had drank alcoholic ‘buzzballs’ the night before.

However, the authorities questioning him noted he was stumbling over his words and showing ‘obvious’ signs of impairment. Owens gave a blood sample that tested positive for fentanyl and the depressant benzodiazepines, as well as traces of alcohol.

A police report said Owens yelled ‘I’ll see you in hell!’ to his mother, who had shown up at the site of the crash.

The money from the civil suit as a result of his bike crash meant Owens was able to post $250,000 bail after he was charged in Haston’s death.

Kyle Haston, the brother of Kira Haston (pictured), is considering suing the estate of Owens

Kyle Haston, the brother of Kira Haston (pictured), is considering suing the estate of Owens

Around 1 p.m. on September 8, police officers found Owens and his 2022 Tesla sedan as it collided head on with Kira Haston's 2005 Mazda

Around 1 p.m. on September 8, police officers found Owens and his 2022 Tesla sedan as it collided head on with Kira Haston’s 2005 Mazda

He had been awarded his riches in a civil trial after he suffered injured in a mountain biking crash on Mount Hood. Owens' spine was broken below the navel while riding a double-black-diamond trail in 2016

He had been awarded his riches in a civil trial after he suffered injured in a mountain biking crash on Mount Hood. Owens’ spine was broken below the navel while riding a double-black-diamond trail in 2016

The money from the civil suit meant Owens was able to post $250,000 bail after he was charged in Haston's death

The money from the civil suit meant Owens was able to post $250,000 bail after he was charged in Haston’s death

Owens later hired a ’24/7 sober companion’ to follow pre-trial rules after missing a check-in with the county and prosecutors attempted to put him back in jail.

A judge allowed him to remain free after assigning him more conditions for release amid news Owens was in the hospital for an infection. He died on October 11 from an apparent overdose, leaving his charges pending. 

His death now leads to a battle over his estate, as Owens had no children and no will.

Kyle Haston’s attorney, Jon Friedman, says at least half of the $10.5million is believed to still be in a brokerage account belonging to Owens. Her family now wants that money and is considering a wrongful death lawsuit. 

‘It’s a tragic story for both families,’ Kyle Haston said. ‘I’m glad he’s removed himself from the streets of Clackamas County, for everyone’s safety. But it came at such a high cost.’

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