UPDATE: Suspect Driver in NE Marine Dr. Crash Booked on Manslaughter Charge

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February 24, 2024 09:16


The suspect driver in the fatal crash on Northeast Marine Drive overnight has been booked into the Multnomah County Detention Center. Maria I. Moncada, 22, of Gresham, Oregon, is charged with Manslaughter in the First Degree, Driving Under the Influence of Intoxicants (Alcohol), and Reckless Driving.

The investigation revealed that Moncada was westbound on Northeast Marine Drive in a 2013 BMW 3-series at a high rate of speed when she left the lane of travel and collided with the back of a 2015 Honda Fit that was stopped on the shoulder. The victim will be identified at a later time after family makes notifications to loved ones.

The on-scene investigation has concluded and Northeast Marine Drive reopened to traffic around 5:45a.m.

This is the 13th traffic-related fatality in the City of Portland so far in 2024. That may be a higher figure than the Portland fatal crashes counted by the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration (NHTSA). NHTSA’s count excludes crashes involving suicide, private property, non-public roadways, non-motor vehicles, medical events, and deaths that happen more than 30 days after a crash.


***Original Message Below***

A fatal 2-car crash has closed Northeast Marine Drive by Portland International Airport.

On Friday, February 23, 2024 at 11:25p.m., North Precinct officers responded to a report of a crash in the 7000 block of Northeast Marine Drive, adjacent to Portland International Airport. Officers and EMS found a 2-vehicle crash. The driver of one of the vehicles was deceased at the scene. The driver of the other vehicle was transported to the hospital with non-life threatening injuries. There were no other occupants in either vehicle.

The Portland Police Traffic Division Major Crash Team responded to the scene to investigate the crash. During the investigation, Northeast Marine Drive is closed both directions between Northeast 33rd Avenue and Northeast 122nd Avenue.

Preliminary investigation indicates that the driver who died, an adult female, was parked westbound off the roadway and was struck from behind by the other driver, also an adult female. Alcohol intoxication and speeding are believed to be factors in the crash. The suspect driver is in custody for investigation at the hospital.

If anyone has information about this crash and has not talked to police, please e-mail crimetips@police.portlandoregon.gov attn: TIU and reference case number 24-45432.

The PIO is not responding to the scene. Additional information will be released when appropriate.



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