Crashes kill up to five people in two days in Portland
Portland police are investigating five crashes on Friday and Saturday that killed as many as five people people and left another seriously injured.
The first investigation began shortly before 6 a.m. on Friday, Oct. 9, when police responded to reports of a crash near Southwest First Avenue and Southwest Arthur Street. Witnesses told officers they saw the motorcycle crash into a fixed object and the rider was not moving afterward.
The motorcyclist, Timothy P. Boyette, 41, died at the scene. Police say he was apparently riding along Southwest Kelly Avenue approaching the intersection of Southwest First Avenue and Southwest Arthur when his motorcycle left the roadway and collided with a light pole base and light pole.
The second investigation began at 5:45 p.m. on Friday when North Precinct officers were dispatched to a report of a crash on northbound Interstate 5 near North Columbia Boulevard. When the officers arrived, they located a motorcycle down. The rider was transported by ambulance to a hospital, where lifesaving measures were taken. The rider was pronounced deceased, however.
The victim is identified as Brian J. Stafford, 24.
Another vehicle involved in the crash stayed at the scene and cooperated with the investigation. No arrests were immediately made.
Anyone who witnessed the crash and has not spoken to police are asked to also contact investigator Enz at the Portland Police Traffic Division, 503-823-2208.
The third investigation began just before 11:30 p.m. on Friday when officers were dispatched to the area of Northeast 97th and Prescott Street to assist medical crews working on a man who fell over in the street. Investigators said the man was believed to be involved in a two-car crash on Northeast Sandy Boulevard near the Interstate 205 overpass and ran several blocks while injured. After being taken to a hospital, he was pronounced dead.
"It is unknown if the man died from injuries that resulted from the crash or some other reason," police said.
The fourth investigation began at 2:21 a.m. on Saturday, Oct. 10, when officers were dispatched to a report of a pedestrian being hit by a car on southbound I-5 at the 405 interchange. When officers arrived, they found that two women had been hit and killed.
The names of the victims were not immediately released.
Investigators said the women had pulled over on the right shoulder of the freeway after their SUV broke down. Another car pulled over to assist them but stopped in the center of the freeway split between southbound I-5 and I-405. When they were unable to get the SUV started, the women crossed the traffic lanes to reach the other car when they were hit by a person driving a 2016 Ford Fusion.
The driver of the Fusion, Michael A. Hanson, 25, of Portland, was determined to be impaired at the time. He was arrested and booked into the Multnomah County Jail. Hanson is charged with two counts of criminally negligent homicide and DUII.
The crash closed southbound lanes of I-5 until about 9:45 a.m.
The fifth investigation began around 8 p.m. on Saturday. It involved a driver who was cited for driving while intoxicated after a car crash on southbound Powell Boulevard closed the Ross Island Bridge for roughly three hours Saturday night.
That driver was seriously injured in what police described as an "angular head-on" crash when the driver crossed over the center line and hit another vehicle on the east side of the bridge. Police said the driver was pinned inside and had to be extricated.
The driver, Rachell Barnhill, 27, was then taken to the hospital. Officers found that her blood alcohol concentration (BAC) was more than four times the legal limit. Her injuries were described as "non-life-threatening."
The other car involved was damaged, but its passengers were unharmed in the crash. Police said a third car was also hit, but the vehicle only sustained minor damage.
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