A man who has spent the past few months in a state mental hospital has been declared competent to stand trial for charges in connection with a collision that killed a husband and his wife who were riding a motorcycle.
The Orange County District Attorney’s Office received word Tuesday that 30-year-old Travis O’Brian Collins has been declared competent for a trial on two counts of intoxicated manslaughter.
He is accused of driving a pickup truck while drunk when the truck hit a motorcycle. 52-year-old Riley Portie and 50-year-old Emily Portie were on the motorcycle and died. Orange Police reported the pickup truck was speeding and traveling westbound on Park Avenue. When the truck crossed the railroad tracks that are raised above ground level, it became airborne. The truck landed on top of the Portie motorcycle that was on the other side of the tracks.
The fatal collision was in May 2015.
Orange County Assistant District Attorney Phillip Smith said Collins was declared incompetent to stand trial after a hearing late last year. Smith said the accused has spent time in the mental hospital.
Collins has pleaded “not guilty” to the intoxicated manslaughter charges. A trial date has not been set at this time.