UPDATE: Driver Arrested After Fatal Crash Involving Motorcycle (Photo)

August 19, 2019 09:35


On Friday, August 16, 2019 at 11:05 p.m., East Precinct officers were dispatched to a crash involving a motorcycle and a SUV at Northeast 122nd Avenue and Northeast Stanton Street. Initial information was that someone was performing CPR on the motorcycle rider and that the SUV had left the scene. When officers arrived they found a 1999 Suzuki motorcycle down and the involved SUV driver was returning to the crash site in a separate vehicle. Medical treated the rider of the motorcycle but he was declared deceased at the scene. The Portland Police Bureau Traffic Division's Major Crash Team (MCT) responded and assumed the lead on the investigation.

The motorcycle rider was identified as Karl A. Moeller, 56. His family has been notified of his death.

The driver of the SUV (a 2019 Toyota 4Runner) was Dorothy E. Rafeh, 36 (photo). Her vehicle was located nearby and seized as evidence.

After investigation, officers determined that Rafeh was driving southbound on Northeast 122nd Avenue and turned eastbound on Northeast Stanton Street in the path of the northbound motorcycle. Moeller's motorcycle struck the passenger side of the SUV.

Officer established probable cause that Rafeh was driving impaired and arrested her. She was booked into the Multnomah County Detention Center on charges of Manslaughter in the Second Degree, Driving Under the Influence of Intoxicants, Reckless Driving, Felony Failure to Perform the Duties of a Driver, and Misdemeanor Driving while Suspended/Revoked.
This is the 43rd call out for the MCT this year and the 36th fatality.

Drivers impaired by alcohol or drugs injure and kill thousands of people every year. People consuming alcohol or drugs are urged not to get behind the wheel. We suggest that people get a ride from a sober driver or utilize taxis, rideshare companies, or transit so everyone is safe on our streets.

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: https://www.portlandoregon.gov/transportation/40390

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The Major Crash Team (MCT) is responding to the area of Northeast 122nd Avenue and Northeast Stanton Street to assist in a fatal traffic crash investigation. Traffic is affected in the area. Northeast 122nd Avenue is closed in both directions between Northeast Russell Street and I-84.

No additional information is available at this time. An updated news release will be pushed out as investigators learn more.

The PIO is not responding to the scene.



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