UPDATE: Man Injured After Walking into West Burnside Traffic and is Struck by Police Car

UPDATE: Man Injured After Walking into West Burnside Traffic and is Struck by Police Car

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May 11, 2014 11:50


The pedestrian injured early Saturday morning has been identified as 34-year-old Hiyabo Demsus. Demsus remains in a Portland hospital in fair condition.

According to witnesses, Central Precinct officer Caleb Honl, a 4-year-veteran of the Police Bureau, was driving his marked patrol car eastbound on Burnside (incorrectly released earlier as westbound), crossing 2nd Avenue, when Demsus ran southbound across Burnside, against a "Don't Walk" signal and was struck by the patrol car.

Anyone with further information about this crash is asked to contact Officer Erik Koppang at (503) 823-2216 or erik.koppang@portlandoregon.gov.



This morning, Saturday May 10, 2014, at 2:23 a.m., at Northwest 2nd Avenue and Burnside Street, a man stepped into the traffic lanes of West Burnside and was struck by a marked Portland Police car driven by a Central Precinct officer.

After the collision, the officer immediately called for medical personnel to respond to treat the man, an adult male, who appeared to be suffering traumatic injuries.

Medical personnel transported the man to a Portland hospital where he remains recovering from injuries and an apparent heroin overdose. He is expected to survive.

All westbound lanes of West Burnside were closed and the Traffic Division's Major Crash Team responded to conduct the investigation.

Preliminary investigation, and information from witnesses, indicates that the police officer was driving eastbound on Burnside Street, with a green light, when the man stepped from the curb into the street and was hit by the patrol car.

The police car was towed for further investigation and the street was reopened to all traffic at approximately 5:15 a.m.



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