UPDATE: Driver Who Struck Pedestrian Arrested (Photo)

November 16, 2019 09:33


The Major Crash Team has completed its on-scene investigation of this morning's pedestrian-involved crash at West Burnside Street and Northwest 16th Avenue. The most severely injured pedestrian was listed in critical condition this morning. He is an adult male but is not being identified.

Officers arrested the involved driver. Ian T. Cupples, 39, of Portland (photo), was booked into the Multnomah County Detention Center on charges of Driving Under the Influence of Intoxicants (DUII), Assault in the Third Degree, and Reckless Driving.

If anyone witnessed this crash and has not spoken to police, please contact lead investigator Garrett Dow at 503-823-5070 Garrett.Dow@portlandoregon.gov .

This is the 58th Major Crash Team activation of 2019.

Approximately 1/3 of all traffic crash fatalities in the United States involve drunk drivers (with blood alcohol concentrations [BACs] of .08 of higher). In 2017, there were 10,874 people killed in drunk-driving crashes. To put it in perspective, that's equal to about 20 jumbo jets crashing, with no survivors.

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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A pedestrian is in the hospital with serious injuries after a being struck by a vehicle on West Burnside Street. The Major Crash Team is enroute. The investigation has West Burnside Street closed in both directions between Northwest 14th Avenue and Northwest 17th Avenue.

At 1:17a.m., Central Precinct officers were dispatched to a report of a pedestrian struck by a vehicle at West Burnside Street and Northwest 16th Avenue. Officers arrived and learned that two pedestrians were hit by the car. One, an adult male, was unconscious and appeared to be seriously injured. He was transported by ambulance to a hospital. The other pedestrian, an adult female, was suffering minor injuries.

The driver of the vehicle stayed at the scene and has been detained by officers.

The PIO is not responding to the scene. More information will be sent out when available.

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