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Where the Springwater Trail crosses SE 82nd, a motorist's mistake flipped his car and blocked the highway

DAVID F. ASHTON - Traffic along S.E. 82nd Avenue of Roses came to a standstill when a rolled and smashed car came to a stop in the northbound lanes. Here, a tow truck was moving into position to remove it, using the southbound lanes. It became a sort-of "dinner and a show" for those patronizing the food carts at "Cartlandia" on Wednesday evening, June 30: A two-vehicle crash nearby closed down S.E. 82nd Avenue of Roses at the Springwater Trail crossing and halted traffic in both directions.

The East Precinct officers who were dispatched to the accident at 7:46 p.m. found an Acura sedan on its roof – but no occupants inside it.

The Acura and a Chevrolet HHR LT SUV had both been northbound on 82nd when the driver of the Acura cut off the Chevy, clipping its fender – swerving – and then rolling over in the road. The Chevy SUV pulled over and parked in a nearby lot, out of the street.

This, according to a witness who said she was out taking a break from work in its parking lot, "I couldn't believe it, to see two guys squirm out of the smashed-up car, and take off running – that way." She pointed west on S.E. Crystal Springs Drive. "I asked an officer if the car was stolen. He said no; but he added that this driver has had other issues in the past with driving behavior."

As a tow truck arrived, officers opened one lane for vehicles to snake through the crash scene. Police had no trouble locating the driver, since his name was on the vehicle registration – fleeing simply made the matter a hit-and-run, adding to the charges he'll face.

"We will be issuing the driver, who is now in temporary custody, several citations due to this accident," a PPB officer drily remarked to THE BEE.


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