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April 04, 2002 00:00


On April 3, 2002, at 7:41 p.m., Portland Police responded to a fatal accident on the Fremont Bridge. The deceased has been identified as 21-year-old Peter Bartel of Warren, Oregon. Injured at the scene, and transported to Emanual Hospital in very serious condition, was 38-year-old Innocent Francois of Portland, Oregon.

Investigators learned from witnesses that Bartel was Westbound on the bridge and had been following another vehicle at an extremely close distance when he accelerated into the right side safety lane to pass a vehicle. Bartel hit a concrete barrier and spun out of control striking Francois who was riding a bicyle across the bridge. The impact caused a portion of Francois’ body to fly through the windshield of Bartel’s vehicle killing Bartel. Francois’s body then continued over Bartel’s vehicle.

Based on witness statements, investigators believe that aggressive driving or “road rage” played a role in this accident.


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