Three people hospitalized after North Portland collision

This just in from Portland Police Burea:

PORTLAND POLICE RESPONDING TO A COLLISION INVOLVING THREE PEDESTRIANS
Posted: November 8th, 2010 11:55 AM

At approximately 11:15 today, November 8, 2010, Portland Police responded to a collision on North Lombard Street near the intersection of North Interstate Avenue involving a vehicle and three pedestrians. All three persons to include a 4 year-old child were transported to the hospital. The 4 year-old is in critical condition with life threatening injuries. The driver of the vehicle is a male approximately 70 to 80 years of age. He has stopped and is cooperating with police. The Major Crash Team has been activated and is responding to the scene to continue this investigation.

Police have North Lombard Street blocked from North Montana Avenue to North Interstate Avenue to include the Astro lot gas station on the northwest corner of the intersection.

More information will be released as soon as available.

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Nick
Nick
11 years ago

We seriously need to test people’s reflexes and ability to drive safely as they reach that kind of age.

Mike
Mike
11 years ago

The DMV invites the public to report unsafe drivers to them directly, prior to a collision occurring.

Depending on the type of information contained in the report, DMV may immediately suspend driving privileges if the person is a risk to safety. However, a driver will normally be advised that they will be given 60 days to take and pass a vision, knowledge, and drive test. In some cases, a driver may be asked to provide current medical information.

http://www.oregon.gov/ODOT/DMV/ATRISK/reportvoluntary.shtml

adam
adam
11 years ago

that is interesting, mike – I wonder if we can send in these sorts of reports for chronic drunk drivers like Mr. Hanna?

if having slower than normal reflexes is a good reason to revoke someone’s license. driving while hammered is a good reason, too.

suburban
suburban
11 years ago

Although it is good to be vigilant regarding any impaired drivers, it is sloppy to infer that age had anything to do with with this collision, if that has indeed happened.

Roland
Roland
11 years ago

Rhetorical question: Were the victims wearing helmets?

esther c
esther c
11 years ago

The driver had a medical emergency. I’m always interested to know if he’s had this type of medical emergency before. If so, he shouldn’t have been driving. If you faint, have seizures, etc you shouldn’t be driving.

But the way the law is written in OR its only reportable if the condition couldn’t be treated. Not if it isn’t treated in your situation. Very weird.

Kt
Kt
11 years ago

@Esther: new information today says that the driver mistook the gas pedal for the brake pedal, and panicked.

Doesn’t sound medical to me.

And, Suburban: an older driver mistook the gas for the brake pedal. We see this a LOT in news reports after collisions and crashes by older drivers.

It is natural for us, therefore, to generalize that most older drivers are going to be unable to safely perform the actions of driving a multi-ton vehicle, due to decreased facilities.