Passenger killed in stolen car crash
The passenger in a stolen was killed late Saturday after the driver crashed fleeing from a police traffic stop in Southeast Portland.
The victim is identified as Heaven Leigh Mathews, 19, commonly known as "Heavenly."
This is the 7th fatal crash within the city in 2019.
The driver, Adam Alexander Valle, 26, was arrested and charged with manslaughter in the second degree, failure to perform the duties of a driver, driving under the influence of intoxicants, and reckless driving.
According to police, at 11:01 p.m. on March 9, an East Precinct officer attempted to perform a traffic stop on a vehicle in the area of Southeast Division Street and 124th Avenue. The vehicle did not stop and fled to the north and then to the west.
The officer did not pursue the vehicle. Shortly after the officer lost sight of the vehicle, it was found crashed into a pole in the intersection of Southeast Division Street and 122nd Avenue.
As officers arrived, they saw a passenger in the vehicle, who was quickly determined to be deceased.
The adult male driver fled the crash scene on foot, but was located within a block and was arrested. He was injured and taken to an area hospital with non-life threatening injuries.
The crashed vehicle, a Subaru Legacy, was reported stolen. The Portland Police Bureau's Major Crash Team responded to continue the investigation.
Traffic was closed on Division from 121st to 124th avenues and on 122nd Avenue one block north and south of Division. There was also a power outage in the area likely due to the power pole that was struck.
While police were processing the scene, another impaired driver drove past the crime scene tape and was arrested for DUII.
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