Woman on Scooter Killed in Hit-and-Run Amid Spike in Portland Traffic Deaths

Posted on behalf of RizkLaw on May 10, 2021 in Auto Accident

Early Saturday morning, Portland had its 26th traffic death of 2021. That number is already twice the number of traffic fatalities at the same time last year. The Oregon Department of Transportation (ODOT) says the city’s spike in traffic deaths emphasizes the urgent need to implement more pedestrian safety improvements throughout the state.

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Portland Sees Spike in Traffic Deaths

According to an article in Oregon Live, the city has seen a marked spike in traffic fatalities this year, including the latest collision that occurred early on Saturday morning in Northeast Portland. A woman was struck and killed around 12:30 a.m. in a hit-and-run crash near the intersections of Northeast Sandy Boulevard and Northeast 149th Avenue.

Police reported that the female victim was riding a Lime electric scooter when she was struck by a motor vehicle. Paramedics responding to the scene reported that the victim, who has not been identified, died of her injuries at the scene.

A driver, who police originally thought caused the crash, cooperated with police. After interviewing that driver, however, police do not believe that individual was the party who struck the victim. The police now believe that the driver responsible for the collision fled the scene.

The investigation is ongoing, and authorities are asking for additional details from anyone who may have seen what happened.

On Thursday night, a passenger in an SUV was also killed. The SUV’s driver crashed into a power pole not far from the location of Saturday morning’s fatal crash. Police suspect that impairment was a contributing factor in this crash and arrested the driver on charges of manslaughter.

Officials Request Safety Improvements

The city’s transportation officials have proposed $3.35 million in safety improvements for especially dangerous sections of Northeast 82nd Avenue. The proposal includes the addition of a pedestrian crossing and new streetlights at an intersection where two pedestrians were struck and killed last month.

The proposal also includes requests for permanently reducing the current speed limit from 35 mph to 30 mph and installing 10 additional speed reader signs along the eight-mile stretch of the road.

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