Did the van hit a scooter? No, this time, it was the other way around -- on S.E. 82nd

DAVID F. ASHTON - This busy Southeast Portland State Highway was closed while police investigated an accident between this motor scooter, propped up at the curb, and minivan. Traffic northbound on S.E. 82nd Avenue of Roses came to a standstill just before 6 p.m. on November 16, when a motor scooter collided with a minivan.

"It looked to me like the motor scooter drove [east] – either on S.E. Duke Street, or out of the Plaid Pantry parking lot – and into the side of the passing car," remarked witness Mike Mason, who pointed out there was no visible front end damage to the Dodge Caravan to suggest it had hit the scooter.

The paramedics riding Portland Fire & Rescue Lents Station Engine 11 arrived, and began a medical assessment of the downed motor scooter rider.

The Dodge Caravan's passenger-side front fender was bent in; the wheel and tire behind it were damaged, but not to the extent that the minivan couldn't be eventually driven out of the street, and into a nearby parking lot, later to be towed away.

While at the scene, it was said that the motor scooter driver had been transported via ambulance to a local hospital with "serious" injuries – but later, Portland Police spokesman Sgt. Chris Burley assured THE BEE, "The scooter operator suffered non-life-threatening injuries."

Burley added, "The driver of the vehicle was cited for a 'Driving While Suspended' violation." Apparently, no other citations were issued in the accident to either driver.

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