December 25, 2016 13:45
The person killed in this morning's fatal crash on Mt. Scott Boulevard has been identified as 16-year-old Samuel Chiriac of Battle Ground, Washington.
The driver involved in the crash, 17-year-old Seba Pop of West Linn, Oregon is in critical condition at a Portland hospital with life-threatening injuries.
Two other passengers, 15-year-old Caleb Pop of West Linn and 17-year-old Timothy Posteucha of Northeast Portland were transported by ambulance to a Portland hospital for treatment to serious but not life-threatening injuries.
A fifth passenger, 14-year-old Johnny Cristurean of Wood Village, Oregon, was not injured in the crash.
Investigators learned that the five young men were traveling from Happy Valley to Wilsonville after an evening of singing Christmas carols at a variety of residences of church members from a Southeast Portland Romanian church.
The young men were traveling in a caravan of three cars at the time of the crash. Preliminary information indicates that Seba Pop, driving a white 1992 Volkswagen Cabriolet, passed one of his friends in the oncoming lane and missed a sharp turn, driving off of the roadway and crashing. Dense fog may have played a factor in the crash.
None of the occupants or young men in the other vehicles appeared to have been impaired at the time of the crash.
The crash remains under investigation and updates will be provided as they become available.
Chiriac's death is the 43rd traffic fatality in the City of Portland in 2016.
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On Sunday December 25, 2016, at 1:53 a.m., East Precinct officers responded to Southeast 103rd Avenue and Mt. Scott Boulevard on the report of a single vehicle crash.
Officers and medical personnel arrived and located the vehicle down an embankment and several occupants. Two of the occupants were transported by ambulances to Portland hospitals with serious, potentially life-threatening injuries. One occupant was deceased at the scene.
The Traffic Division's Major Crash Team has responded to conduct an investigation into the crash. The cause of the crash has not been determined.
Southeast Mt. Scott Boulevard is expected to be closed for several hours due to the crash investigation.
Updates will be provided later Sunday morning.
The Portland Police Bureau is committed to working with our partners in government and the community to create safer streets and work towards reducing, and eventually eliminating, traffic fatalities as part of Vision Zero.
To learn more about the City of Portland's Vision Zero effort, please visit: http://www.portlandoregon.gov/transportation/40390
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