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Crash victim was a design student at PNCA

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[Updated 12:29pm]

A memorial for Tracey
has been created in the
lobby of PNCA.
(Photo © Jonathan Maus)

According to the Multnomah County Medical Examiner’s Office, the victim in yesterday’s fatal collision in downtown Portland was Tracey Sparling.

Sparling was attending design school at Pacific Northwest College of Art (PNCA). She was 19 years old and was living in an apartment just a few blocks from where the collision occurred. (Her parents live in Salem, Oregon).

A few minutes ago, I spoke to the Dean of Students at PNCA, Michael Hall. He said Sparling was five weeks into her first term (after transferring from Syracuse University) and was majoring in Communications Design.

Hall said Sparling was likely out on her lunch break, in between classes, when the collision occurred. He plans to send out a campus-wide email in the next few minutes with the news. Hall will also include details about today’s memorial ride in that email.

(On a side note, Hall is in charge of bike facilities and advocacy at PNCA and he has expressed interest in learning more about the issues.)

According to a recent comment, Sparling planned to go to Tokyo in two weeks with a group of fellow design students.


Another commenter named “bevan” shares with us that Sparling worked at Saint Cupcake in the Pearl District.

The Oregonian has posted a photo and more information about Sparling.