Running a red light in Southeast kills offending driver
On Sunday, February 11, just after midnight at 12:37 a.m., East Precinct officers responded to a two-vehicle crash at the intersection of S.E. 122nd Avenue and Stark Street.
Arriving officers and emergency medical personnel saw that a white Chrysler PT Cruiser and dark grey Jeep Grand Cherokee had been involved in a crash.
EMTs determined the adult male driver and only occupant of the Chrysler PT Cruiser was deceased. The adult male driver and only occupant of the Jeep Grand Cherokee was transported to an area hospital by ambulance with non-life-threatening injuries.
Based on what officers learned in this investigation, investigators believe the driver of the PT Cruiser traveled northbound on 122nd Avenue at a high rate of speed and entered the intersection against a red light. The driver of the Jeep Grand Cherokee was westbound on Southeast Stark Street and proceeding across the 122nd Avenue intersection with a green light when the PT Cruiser struck it.
The Portland Police Bureau Major Crash Team arrived to investigate; criminalists with the Forensic Evidence Division, and a member of the Oregon State Medical Examiner's Office, responded to the scene.
Alcohol and speed are believed to be factors in this fatal traffic crash.
The identity of the dead driver was to be released after the Oregon State Medical Examiner's Office completed an autopsy and the deceased's next of kin have been notified.
The intersection was closed for several hours overnight during the investigation.
Portland Police report that this is the fourth traffic crash-related fatality already, in Portland, in 2018.