UPDATE: Traffic Alert: Fatal Motorcycle Crash on Southeast Powell Boulevard - Ross Island Bridge Traffic Affected

UPDATE: Traffic Alert: Fatal Motorcycle Crash on Southeast Powell Boulevard - Ross Island Bridge Traffic Affected

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August 07, 2014 16:20


The motorcycle rider killed in Tuesday night's crash on Southeast Powell Boulevard has been identified as 27-year-old Edward Paul Reis of South Carolina.

Investigators learned that Reis and his friend were riding their motorcycles westbound on Southeast Powell Boulevard when Reis suddenly applied his brakes in order to conduct a u-turn to head East on Powell. Reis' friend was unable to stop in time and rear-ended him, which sent Reis off of his motorcycle into oncoming traffic, where he was struck and killed by a 2001 Jeep Wrangler.

The driver of the Jeep Wrangler, 56-year-old Charles Surfus, remained at the scene and cooperated with investigators. Reis' riding companion and friend, 32-year-old Jeremiah Lee Kloss, also remained at the scene and cooperated with the investigation. Neither displayed any signs of impairment.

The case remains under investigation and, upon completion, will be forwarded to the Multnomah County District Attorney's Office for review.



This evening, Tuesday August 6, 2014, at 11:48 p.m., Central Precinct officers responded to Southeast 7th Avenue and Powell Boulevard on the report of a motorcycle crash.

Officers and medical personnel arrived and located the motorcycle rider down on Powell Boulevard and bystanders performing CPR. Medical personnel were unable to save the rider and he died at the scene.

Preliminary information indicates that two motorcycle riders collided, both went down then one of the riders was struck by an SUV. All drivers remained at the scene and are cooperating.

The Traffic Division's Major Crash Team is responding to investigate the crash.

Westbound Powell Boulevard, including the Ross Island Bridge, is closed to all traffic.

Eastbound Ross Island Bridge is being diverted away from Powell Boulevard onto southbound McLoughlin Boulevard.

Traffic is expected to be affected for the next several hours but should be cleared up by the morning commute.

No further information is available and updates will be released sometime on Wednesday.




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