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Near Cleveland High School a bicyclist tangled with a semi, and did not survive. The investigation is continuing

ERIC NORBERG - Police for hours investigated a fatal collision between a semi truck pulling a 50-foot trailer, and a bicyclist, on Powell Boulevard — near Cleveland High School
A collision between an eastbound tractor-trailer truck and a bicyclist on S.E. Powell Boulevard, in the vicinity of the intersection of S.E. 26th Avenue, on Tuesday, October 4, brought Central Precinct officers to shut down that portion of the highway for an investigation. The crash location was very near Cleveland High School and Powell Park, at 11:49 a.m. that morning.

At the location, officers saw a stopped semi in the eastbound lanes, and also a female bicyclist, who was found to be dead. The truck's driver remained at the scene, and was cooperative with investigators. ERIC NORBERG - With Powell Boulevard closed for several hours for the investigation of the fatal crash, the PPB Major Crash Team van was parked sideways across the highway, to assist officers in their investigation. The PPB's Major Crash Team was called to the scene; Powell Boulevard at S.E. 26th and all approaches from all four directions were closed for up to four blocks, and long lines of vehicles snaked through side-streets on elaborate detours for several hours, to allow officers to conduct a painstaking investigation.

Due to the timing of the crash and its proximity to Cleveland High School, PPB officials quickly reassured worried parents that the deceased was an adult female, and not a high school student.

The following day, a PPB official revealed that the bicyclist killed in this crash was a noted Portland chef, 50-year-old Sarah N. Pliner, who reportedly lived near S.E. Holgate Boulevard and 28th Place. Friends said she had a job at "Bluto's" on S.E. Belmont Street. Pliner didn't own a car, and commuted to work by bicycle.

An explanation of how the crash happened had not yet been made public by the Portland Police Bureau as this issue of THE BEE went to press — and, apparently, the matter is still under investigation.

If you have information about the accident, and have not yet spoken with police, please call 503/823-2103 — or you can email to: This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it., to the attention of the Traffic Investigations Unit, and refer to Case No. 22-266861.


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