Street racer injured after 2 cars crash on Marine Drive
Two street racers crashed their cars during an "organized event" on North Marine Drive, police say, sending one driver to the hospital.
North Precinct officers scrambled to the intersection of Marine Drive and North Leadbetter Road around 10:01 p.m. on Sunday, May 6, after receiving reports of a collision.
Police say the two cars collided while traveling westbound on Marine Drive at a "high rate of speed," according to a news release. One of the drivers was transported to a local hospital by a private vehicle for treatment of non-life-threatening injuries.
"One driver turned into the other, leading to the crash," a press release notes. "Both vehicles were towed from the scene."
Portland Police Bureau officers continue to investigate this case, and a spokesman for the police didn't immediately respond when asked if any charges or citations have been filed.
A report by KOIN 6 News, The Tribune's media partner, estimates that 700 people "crowded the sidewalk" to gawk and cheer during the unlawful spectacle.
Police said in a news release that street racing is "very dangerous" and also illegal. Those found to be participating in street races or blocking traffic may be arrested for misdemeanor or felony charges.
Need context? Police released this list of people killed in street races
• December 4, 2015, 65-year-old Linda Johnston was killed when two motorcycle riders engaged in a race crashed into her car at Southeast 160th Avenue and Stark Street. Both riders were arrested and sentenced to prison.
• January 23, 2016, 20-year-old Nick Alexandar Chernyavskiy died after crashing his motorcycle while racing another motorcycle rider on Northeast Airport Way near 145th Avenue.
• March 6, 2016, 26-year-old Alexander Keppinger was critically injured in a crash on Northeast Glisan Street near 139th Avenue involving two drivers racing. Keppinger died a few weeks later.
• April 21, 2017, 19-year-old Daniel Kharlamov died after a high-speed crash on Southeast Powell Boulevard near 37th Avenue.