Motorcyclist dies, car driver hurt, in violent Powell Blvd crash
All vehicular, bicycle, and pedestrian traffic was closed down on S.E. Powell Boulevard for five blocks on either side of S.E. 62nd Avenue on the sunny and clear Saturday afternoon of May 14, after a collision left a motorcycle rider deceased, and the driver of a car seriously injured.
Portland Police Bureau (PPB) East Precinct officers, first dispatched to the crash at 3:44 p.m. Soon after officers called in the PPB Major Crash Team, after locating the deceased motorcyclist, whose identity had not yet been released as THE BEE went to press.
The driver of the other vehicle involved in the crash, a silver sedan, was pinned inside it; a PF&R Ladder Truck Company was called in to cut off the doors of the vehicle to extricate the victim.
"The driver of the sedan was taken to a local hospital with serious injuries; a passenger iwas medically evaluated, but not taken to a hospital," a PPB official reported.
While bystanders at the scene speculated that the car had been northbound on 62nd Avenue, and pulled into the travel lanes of Powell Boulevard, causing the motorcycle to T-Bone the car broadside. That scenario has not been confirmed by the PPB's Crash Investigators.
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