Driver arrested in double fatal Northeast Portland crash
Two people were killed and two others seriously hurt in a two-car crash in the Wilkes Neighborhood late Saturday, Dec. 12.
The names of the victims were not immediately released.
Tyviant Tilden Mancilla, 18, was arrested and charged with Failure to Perform the Duties of a Driver (Hit and Run) involving serious injury or death. Additional charges may be added later.
The two deaths are the 53rd and 54th traffic fatalities in Portland so far this year. That is more than the 49 people killed in all of 2019, despite the reduction in driving caused for much of the year by the COVID-19 pandemic. The increase happened even though the City Council approved a Vision Zero Action Plan intended to eliminate all traffic deaths and serious injuries by 2025. Police say the investigation began at 10:42 p.m. on Dec. 12, when East Precinct officers were called to a report of a traffic crash on Northeast Halsey Street west of Northeast 162nd Avenue. When officers arrived, they located two vehicles wrecked.
Paramedics responded and determined that two patients were deceased. Two other patients were seriously injured and transported to the hospital by ambulance.
The Portland Police Traffic Division Major Crash Team responded to lead the investigation. Northeast Halsey Street was closed between Northeast 160th Avenue and Northeast 162nd Avenue during the early stages.
According to police, when officers first responded, they located a vehicle in a parking lot with significant damage to the driver side of the car as a result of a "T-bone" style collision. Both the driver and the passenger of that vehicle were deceased.
A second vehicle was located nearby that had significant damage to the front end. A passenger in that vehicle was pinned in and had to be extracted. Witnesses and officers saw other people, possibly associated with the crash, leave the area before they could get to them, police said.
Major Crash Team investigators located businesses in the area which had very good camera systems and allowed for video to be collected. The video indicated speed was a likely factor in the crash.
Investigators learned that the driver had fled the scene. The vehicle he was driving was later reported stolen from the Lloyd Center area. Investigators obtained information that led them to believe the suspect was in a hotel near the Lloyd Center.
Investigators responded to the hotel, where they were able to contact and interview the suspect, who had blood on his sweatshirt. He subsequently confessed to being the driver in the collision, was taken into custody and was transported to a precinct for further questioning.
Following the interview, Mancilla was taken to a hospital to be evaluated for injury due to airbag deployment. He was then transported to and booked at the Multnomah County Detention Center.
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