Crash Involving SUV and Scooter Results in Fatality

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September 03, 2019 08:15


A scooter rider involved in a crash on Friday evening has died from injuries sustained.

On Friday, August 30, 2019 at 8:43p.m., North Precinct officers were dispatched to a crash at Northeast Tillamook Street and Northeast 40th Avenue. When they arrived they found both vehicles still on scene, a PGO motor scooter and a Ford Expedition SUV. The scooter rider, who was wearing a helmet, was seriously injured and transported to the hospital by ambulance. Initially her injuries were not believed to be life-threatening. The driver of the SUV, who was not injured, remained at the scene and cooperated with the investigation.

Officers from North Precinct and the Traffic Division determined that the SUV turned in front of the scooter and they struck each other head-on. Officers issued the SUV driver a citation for Improperly Executed Left Turn. Officers found no signs of impairment or distraction.

Later, officers learned that the scooter rider died in surgery. She is identified as Susan V. Bartlett, 66, of Portland. Her family has been notified of her death.

There have been 45 Major Crash Team activations and 36 traffic related fatalities for 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:



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