Motorcyclist killed after fleeing Port of Portland police
A motorcyclist crashed and was killed early Wednesday after speeding away from Port of Portland police who were trying to stop him.
The victim is identified as John R. Shenfiel, 35, of Portland.
According to police, at 1:35 a.m. on Aug. 28, a Port of Portland officer attempted to contact a motorcyclist by initiating a traffic stop near Northeast 138th Avenue and Northeast Airport Way. The motorcyclist sped away from the officer.
Port officers then located the crashed motorcycle and driver near the intersection of Northeast 148th Avenue and Northeast Airport Way during an area check. The driver of the motorcycle was pronounced dead by responders.
The Port of Portland requested the assistance of North Precinct officers and the Portland Police Bureau's Major Crash Team to assist in the traffic investigation. The roads have since been opened back up to traffic.
Traffic investigators have concluded that speed and alcohol were likely factors in the crash.
This was the 43rd activation of Major Crash Team and 36th traffic related fatality within the Portland this year.
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