Some smashups involving a vehicle and pedestrian are due to darkness, stormy weather, or the glare of the sun low on the horizon.
Other accidents are avoidable — such as the one that seriously injured pedestrian on Thursday, May 5th, on S.E. Flavel Street, a half-block west of 82nd Avenue of Roses.
As a result, at 3:11 p.m. that afternoon, Portland Fire & Rescue Lents Station 11's Engine Company paramedics, an ambulance, and PPB officers were dispatched to a reported collision between a pieced-together-looking white Hyundai sedan, and a person on foot.
Arriving officers learned that, as is usual in weekday afternoon hours, a long line of vehicles had been lined up eastbound on Flavel Street waiting their turn to get through the intersection of S.E. 82nd Avenue of Roses.
Apparently, the Hyundai's driver, who was approaching that line, was very eager to make a left turn northbound on 82nd — too eager to wait through cycles of the traffic light to do it — and decided to "cut the line".
According to a PPB officer at the scene, as the driver approached that half-block-long line of stopped vehicles, he pulled left — to drive the wrong way in the vacant westbound lane — in an effort to reach the left turn lane at the intersection.
"Midblock, a pedestrian walked between the stopped eastbound vehicles, from south to north, and was struck by the car," an officer told THE BEE. "The pedestrian was taken by ambulance to a local hospital for medical evaluation and treatment; and, we're preserving the scene of the accident, here, until we learn the extent of the injuries."
While the Hyundai's driver was clearly at fault, "The pedestrian has some responsibility here — crossing a busy street midblock, and darting out between stopped vehicles," the officer remarked.
About three hours later, officers cleared the scene; so the crash was not a fatality, and. members of the PPB's Major Crash Team were not called in to investigate.
There currently is no word on what punishment awaits the dangerously impatient wrong-way driver.
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