Pedestrian, bicyclist seriously injured in Southeast Portland crashes
Police are investigating two crashes in two days that seriously injured a pedestrian and a bicyclist in Southeast Portland.
The names of the victims were not immediately released.
According to the Portland Police Bureau, the most recent investigation began at 11:17 p.m. on Oct. 28, when officers responded to a report of the crash near Southeast 92nd Avenue and Southeast Division Street. There they found a 47-year-old female cyclist who had been hit by a vehicle. She was transported to the hospital with life-threatening injuries.
The car's driver was not hurt and remained at the scene.
The Major Crash Team responded to conduct the investigation. They determined that the automobile driver, a 25-year-old male driving a 2003 Toyota Camry, was eastbound on Southeast Division Street. The bicyclist was riding southbound on Southeast 92nd Avenue crossing Southeast Division Street when she was struck.
"It appears the bicyclist may have disregarded traffic signals at the intersection. Weather-related visibility is also being considered as a factor. The investigation is continuing," police said in an update.
This is the 73rd activation of the MCT in 2022.
The first investigation began on Thursday night on Southeast Powell Boulevard, just blocks from where a well-known chef had been killed riding her bike just weeks earlier. State and Portland transportation pledged to make Powell safer after Sarah Pliner was killed on Oct. 5 at Powell and Southeast 26th Avenue. Despite that, a pedestrian was critically injured in a hit-and-run crash near the Target store on Powell and Southeast 31st Avenue on the night of Oct. 27.
Powell is a state highway owned by the Oregon Department of Transportation, which has repeatedly promised to make safety improvements along the high-crash corridor. The city of Portland wants to take over Powell after the improvements are made, but lowered the speed limit in the area of the two crashed after Pliner was killed.
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