Update #2: Fatal Traffic Investigation Continues - Child Identified

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July 24, 2019 13:49


The Portland Police Bureau's Traffic Division continues the fatal traffic investigation that happened at Willamette Park this weekend. Officers have determined there is no evidence that intoxication or speed were factors in this incident.

The child involved was identified as Preston Vang, age 7. The father was the driver of the vehicle that was towing the boat trailer. This incident is highly emotionally impactful for the family and they respectfully request privacy while they grieve the loss of their child.

The Traffic Division investigators are working with the District Attorney's Office to determine if criminal charges are appropriate. At this time, there have not been any arrests or citations issued. This is an on-going investigation and there are no further details for release at this time.


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The child involved in the crash at the boat ramp in Willamette Park has died at an area hospital. This is a highly emotional event for the family and they respectfully request privacy.

Investigators continue to look into the circumstances that led up to this crash. The involved parties are cooperating with the investigators.



On Saturday, July 20, 2019, at 6:36 p.m., Central Precinct Officers responded to a call of a child who was run over by a boat at the boat ramp at Willamette Park, located at 6404 Southwest Beaver Avenue.

Officers arrived and the child was transported to an area hospital with life-threatening injuries. Officers from the Traffic Division's Major Crash Team are responding to assist with the investigation. Preliminary information suggests the child was run over by the boat trailer, not an actual boat.

The immediate area is closed and expected to remain so for several hours while the investigation is conducted and evidence is gathered.

If anyone witnessed this incident and has not already spoken with police, please call non-emergency dispatch at (503) 823-3333.

It is early in the investigation and these are all the details available for release at this time. As information becomes available, it will be sent out in an updated press release.



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