October 31, 2020 18:37
***Correction: this crash did not involve a fatality***
The crash Friday night in the Centennial Neighborhood involved serious injuries, including one patient whose injuries are life threatening, but did not involve a fatality as first reported. Initial investigation suggest that it was a head-on crash involving at Chrysler SUV and a Subaru Legacy wagon.
On Friday, October 30, 2020 at 9:19p.m., East Precinct officers responded to the crash at Southeast 145th Avenue and Southeast Powell Boulevard. When they arrived they located the two damaged vehicles. Firefighters and Paramedics from Portland Fire and Rescue and AMR also responded, provided on-scene medical care, and transported three patients to the hospital by ambulance. The adult male driver and only occupant of the Chrysler had severe, life threatening injuries. The adult female driver and adult female passenger of the Subaru were seriously hurt. Currently the Subaru driver is listed in critical condition and the passenger is in serious condition.
Shortly before the crash, Portland Police officers observed the Chrysler SUV traveling at a high rate of speed eastbound on Southeast Powell Boulevard near Southeast 136th Avenue. The officers also saw the vehicle run a red light. Due to the dangerous driving, the officers were attempting to catch up to the vehicle to conduct a traffic stop, however they had not activated their police lights to initiate a stop yet when they came across the crash at Southeast 145th Avenue.
The driver of the Chrysler also allegedly struck four other vehicles shortly before the crash, three in a parking lot and one on Southeast Powell Boulevard. No injuries were reported in those crashes.
Preliminary investigation suggests that the driver of the Chrysler crossed the center line and struck the westbound Subaru head-on.
Impairment, speed, and aggressive driving are significant factors in the crash. The Chrysler driver was determined to have a blood-alcohol content of 0.296%, which is well over 3 times the legal limit to drive in Oregon.
At this time the investigation is continuing and no one has been arrested or cited, therefore no names are being released. If anyone has information about this crash, please contact primary investigator Officer Garrett Dow at Garrett.Dow@portlandoregon.gov or 503-823-5070. The case number is 20-327471.
This is the 42nd Major Crash Team Activation for 2020.
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 and should have 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: http://www.portlandoregon.gov/transportation/40390
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The Major Crash Team (MCT) is responding to the 14500 block of Southeast Powell Boulevard to assist in a traffic crash investigation involving serious injuries. Traffic is closed on Southwest Powell Boulevard from Southeast 143rd Avenue to Southeast 148th Avenue.
No additional information is available at this time.
The PIO is not responding to the scene.
An updated news release or social media post will be pushed out as investigators learn more.
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