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A pedestrian was run down and seriously hurt on S.E. Belmont Street shortly after dawn on March 9

Despite a determined push by the city and the police in a policy called "Vision Zero", pedestrians keep being struck by drivers. In some cases, distracted driving may be the cause.

On Friday, March 9, at 7:54 a.m., Central Precinct officers responded to S.E. 30th Avenue and Belmont Street where a pedestrian had been struck and badly hurt by a driver in a vehicle.

Officers and medical personnel arrived and lfoundd the adult male pedestrian suffering from traumatic injuries. He was transported by ambulance to a Portland hospital for treatment, and is in critical condition.

The driver remained at the scene and has cooperated with the investigation.

Early information was that the driver was traveling southbound on S.E. 30th Avenue, and turned right onto Belmont Street -- striking the pedestrian, who was in the crosswalk.

The Portland Police Major Crash Team conducted the ongoing investigation, which kept Belmont closed in that area most of the morning. No charges were made or citations given pending the outcome of the investigation.

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