Posted by Jonathan Maus (Publisher/Editor) on November 4th, 2009 at 12:54 pm
Bryan Parman with the Portland Police Bureau Traffic Division has just confirmed that the two people operating motor vehicles that struck and killed a man on N. Willamette this morning were cited for driving under the influence.
Portland Police PIO Mary Wheat has also released the identity of the man who was killed. It was 31-year old Portlander Kipp Daniel Crawford. Crawford was a local musician and member of the band Thanks Kipp.
According to a report just published by The Oregonian's Noelle Crombie, the people operating motor vehicles in this incident were 41-year old Carlos Tyrone McCall and 44-year old Felisa Washington-Berry. Crombie also reports that:
"McCall, of Northeast Portland, was convicted of in 1991 for driving while suspended. Washington-Berry has a lengthy criminal record."
The Oregonian reports that her record includes following too close, driving uninsured, driving without a license, driving with switched license plates, and failure to signal to turn or stop.
Also, according to her booking information on the Multnomah County Sherriff's website, Ms. Washington-Berry has been additionally charged with misdemeanor reckless driving.
Wheat says that Crawford was already in the roadway when he was struck, adding fuel to speculation that he might have been "pushed" into the roadway. Speaking via telephone just minutes ago, Captain Parman confirmed that his investigators are looking into what happened prior to the collision.
"Suffice to say that the incident is still under investigation. There's stuff that was going on just prior to the collision that may have played a factor and we're trying to vet that first before releasing any more information... My understanding is that there was some sort of disturbance prior to the collision."
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