Driver in Montavilla Neighborhood Fatal Crash Identified

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October 30, 2012 16:45


On October 29, 2012, at approximately 1:29 a.m., Portland Police officers assigned to East Precinct responded to the report of a single vehicle crash at Northeast 74th Avenue and Halsey Street in the Montavilla neighborhood. The caller to 9-1-1 reported that both occupants appeared to be pinned inside the car.

Portland Fire & Rescue personnel arrived and were able to extract the passenger, 24-year-old Guadelupe Perez-Rodriguez, from the vehicle.

Medical personnel determined that the driver, 17-year-old Juan Cruz-Morales was deceased at the scene.

Officers from the Traffic Division's Major Crash Team responded and conducted an investigation into the crash.

Investigators determined that the vehicle driven by Cruz-Morales was travelling at a high rate of speed northbound on 74th Avenue and when it reached the T-intersection at Halsey, Cruz-Morales was unable to negotiate the turn and crashed into a utility pole.

It is not known if drugs or alcohol were a factor at this time.



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