June 23, 2023 17:59
The driver killed in the single vehicle crash on the Morrison Bridge on June 4 is identified as Larry A. Ayala-Valdez, 22, of Milwaukie, Oregon. The passenger is identified as Adrian Gama, 22, of Clackamas County. Their families have been notified of their deaths. The investigation into the crash is ongoing.
***Original Message Below***
* This update adds a photo of the crash released on the Portland Police Traffic Division Twitter page: https://twitter.com/ppbtraffic/status/1665316421646311424
Two men died in a single vehicle crash on the Morrison Bridge viaduct, which resulted in the vehicle falling onto Southeast Water Avenue.
On Sunday, June 4, 2023 at 2:17a.m., Central Precinct officers responded to a report of a rollover crash on Southeast Water Avenue and Southeast Belmont Street. When officers arrived they found two men deceased at the scene. Preliminary investigation revealed that the vehicle's driver, in a black 2003 Mercedes 500, was eastbound on the Morrison Bridge viaduct when he struck the barrier and went over, landing on the street below. The driver and passenger died in the crash. No one else was injured.
The Portland Police Traffic Division Major Crash Team responded to the scene to investigate. During the investigation, eastbound traffic on the Morrison Bridge was closed, as was traffic both directions on Southeast Water Avenue. After the conclusion of the on-scene investigation, the closure was lifted about 8:00a.m.
Speed and alcohol are believed to be contributing factors in the crash. No other vehicles are suspected to be involved.
The investigation is continuing, and investigators would like to hear from anyone who has information about the crash or what immediately preceded it. Please e-mail firstname.lastname@example.org attention Traffic Investigations Unit and reference case number 23-146476.
Additional information will be released when appropriate. This is the 25th and 26th traffic fatalities for 2023 in the City of Portland.
Photo description: A Portland Police Criminalist photographs a vehicle upside down on a roadway, debris scattered widely around the scene.
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