UPDATE - VICTIM IDENTIFIED: Portland Police Investigating a Pedestrian Fatality in Montavilla Neighborhood - NE Glisan Street Closed

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January 30, 2013 13:00


The young woman killed last night has been identified as 29-year-old Heather Jean Fitzsimmons of Southeast Portland.

The driver, 24-year-old Samantha Mansholt of Tualatin, has cooperated with investigators.

No arrests or citations have been made at this point and the investigation is continuing.



Traffic officers have completed their preliminary investigation into this evening's pedestrian fatality on Northeast Glisan Street.

Investigators learned that the pedestrian, a 29-year-old female, was crossing Northeast Glisan Street at 78th Avenue in a crosswalk at the time of the crash. The victim began crossing from the South side of the street after an eastbound car traveling in the curb lane stopped to let her cross.

A 1985 Chevy full--size Blazer, driven by a 24-year-old female, was also traveling East in the #1 lane and failed to stop for the pedestrian, striking and killing her instantly.

The driver of the Blazer remained at the scene and cooperated with investigators. She showed no signs of impairment and the investigation into her vehicle speed is still ongoing.

No citations or arrests have occurred at this time and names will be released sometime on Tuesday.

Northeast Glisan Street is back open to all traffic.



This evening, Tuesday January 29, 2013, at 5:59 p.m., Portland Police officers assigned to East Precinct responded to the report of a pedestrian struck by a vehicle in the 7900 block of Northeast Glisan Street.

Officers arrived and located the pedestrian, who was deceased at the scene. The driver involved in the crash has remained at the scene.

The Traffic Division's Major Crash Team is responding to conduct an investigation into the crash.

Northeast Glisan Street will be closed in both directions from approximately 74th to 80th Avenues as investigators process the crash scene.




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