June 14, 2019 12:58
Last night, Thursday June 13th, 2019, at 8:40 p.m., East Precinct officers responded to a vehicle crash involving a pedestrian. Police and medical crews arrived and found the pedestrian suffering from critical injuries. She was transported to a local area hospital.
This morning, June 14th, that pedestrian passed away from her injuries at the hospital. She has been identified as 82-year-old Louanna Battams.
The investigation determined a car was travelling east along Southeast Foster Road and struck Ms. Battams who was crossing, in an unmarked crosswalk, near Southeast 71st Avenue. The driver of the car stayed at the scene of the crash and cooperated with the investigation. The driver was eventually released from the scene.
Anyone with information relating to this crash is asked to contact Traffic Investigator Chris Johnson at 503-823-4028.
This is the 26th traffic related fatality of 2019.
The Portland Police Traffic Division is committed to providing enforcement and raising awareness regarding traffic safety for vehicles, bicyclists and pedestrians. Each year, traffic officers respond to preventable collisions. These collisions can deeply impact those involved, their families and loved ones. Traffic officers' number one priority is to address behaviors of all road users that might lead to a collision, including speed, impairment, distraction and disobeying signals.
The Portland Police Bureau works closely with our partners in government and the community to create safer streets and work toward 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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