Posted by Jonathan Maus (Publisher/Editor) on August 12th, 2011 at 8:32 am
One person died and another person
was taken to the hospital suffered minor injuries after a hit-and-run in Southeast Portland early this morning. The Police say the collision happened around 1:00 am this morning on SE Division at 85th.
After arriving on the scene the officers discovered the suspect vehicle dumped at 92nd and Southeast Powell Boulevard. They are still searching for the suspect, whom they describe as a male, Hispanic 5'6 inches tall weighing about 160 pounds and may have been wearing a hat.
During a ride on Tuesday with the City of Portland's Bicycle Advisory Committee, we learned that SE Division (which is a wide, high-speed, five-lane arterial with standard bike lanes) is slated for bicycle safety improvements. PBOT plans to install buffered bike lanes on Division from I-205 east to SE 130th and "better bike lanes" from I-205 west to about 77th.
KGW has coverage and video from the crash site...
This is the first fatal bicycle crash in Portland this year. There were no fatal bike crashes in 2010. The investigation is ongoing. If you have any information regarding this collision, please call the Portland Police Bureau at (503) 823-3333. Stay tuned for updates.
UPDATE: KOIN reports that the police have one person in custody.
For major updates, please see this post.