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Carnage: Three hospitalized in Foster wreck; Driver slams into house on Skidmore – UPDATED

Posted by on July 2nd, 2013 at 10:21 am

KATU jokes in their headline,
but this is no laughing matter.

The carnage on Portland’s streets show no signs of letting up.

In the past 24 hours alone, three people failing to control their cars has led to serious injuries and significant property damage.

At about 8:15 pm last night, the Portland Police reported that two people driving in the intersection of SE 92nd and Foster (map) collided with each other. The driver of a Jeep then rolled his/her vehicle and it went up onto the sidewalk where two people were standing. Both people standing on the sidewalk appear to have been either riding bikes or standing their bikes and both sustained “serious but not believed to be life-threatening injuries.” The driver of the Jeep was also injured and taken to the hospital.

We’re waiting to hear more details from the Portland Police about this collision and will update the story when we know more.

SE 92nd and Foster is a popular intersection at the heart of Lents. We held a Get Together event at the coffee shop on the corner of the intersection back in 2011. There’s also a plaza on the northwest corner of the intersection. It’s worth noting that Foster is a designated High Crash Corridor, has the unfortunate nickname of “the Foster Freeway“, and it’s also currently being redesigned as part of a major streetscape project (which ends west of this collision at 82nd). I rolled down Foster back in January and was disturbed at how dangerous and unpleasant it is.

The location of last night’s incident is also just four blocks away from where someone drove their car into former NFL player Joey Harrington while he was riding his bike back in August 2011.

Another case of someone unable to control their car happened early this morning in northeast Portland. KATU reports that, “A sedan collided with a small parked SUV early Tuesday morning before careening into a house near the corner of N.E. Skidmore and N.E. 42nd, damaging both vehicles badly but causing only minor damage to the house.”

As I read that story I realized the homeowner was none other than Becky Morton, owner of the Bikeasaurus retail store. Becky, who I just chatted with at her booth at the Multnomah County Bike Fair on Saturday, told KATU:

“I didn’t hear any screeching… It was like getting louder and louder, and my bedroom window’s right next to the porch where he ran into and so it just sounded like he was gonna crash through my window.”

Here’s KATU’s video coverage:

This is crazy folks. We need to get serious about redesigning our streets and we need new policies to control this carnage, and most importantly, people really need to take the task of driving much more seriously. While PBOT and ODOT remain reluctant to challenge the status quo that puts auto capacity and speed above all else, and people continue to drive without respect for its inherent dangers, innocent Portlanders are being hurt and sometimes killed. This is a crisis. We should treat it like one.

UPDATE, 7/3 at 12:00 pm: The police have cited one of the drivers involved in the Foster Rd collision. See the latest updates below:

Traffic investigators determined that a 2008 Toyota Siena van driven by 65-year-old Nang Nguyen ran the red light northbound on 92nd Avenue and collided with the westbound 1996 Jeep Grand Cherokee driven by 20-year-old Zachery Jones.

After the collision, the Jeep rolled and struck two bicyclists, 56-year-old Stephen Bruce and 31-year-old Jamie Drennen, who were standing on the northwest corner of the intersection, waiting to cross the street.

Both drivers and both bicyclists were transported to Portland hospitals for treatment to non-life-threatening injuries.

Nguyen was given a citation for Failure to Obey a Traffic Control Device. One of the bicyclists, Stephen Bruce, was given a citation for Possession of Methamphetamine, after drugs and paraphernalia were discovered in his possession after the crash.

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meh
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meh

Please stop using the word carnage improperly. There is no slaughter of a great number of people here. No one is dead.

car•nage (ˈkɑr nɪdʒ)

n.
1. the slaughter of a great number of people.
2. Archaic. dead bodies, as of those slain in battle.

Timur Ender
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Timur Ender

This is a crisis and we should treat it like one. BAM. Nailed it!

According to the CDC, the way to address a virus/crisis is to change behavior norms & interrupt transmission. This has been applied to homicides in Chicago thru the non-profit Cure Violence. It can also be applied to traffic collisions. Traffic fatalities are a public health crises, there is no reason why we cannot have a public health solution.

Matheas Michaels
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Matheas Michaels

omg! aaahh! Becky!

Ted Buehler
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Be the squeaky wheel, folks. Get a stack of law enforcement requests in for your least-liked part of your ride.

If you experience unsafe conditions on your street, or the streets you ride on, call it in. Ask for better law enforcement.

* If a crime is underway, call 911
* If a crime has occurred, call Portland Police nonemergency, 503-823-3333 or fill out a form online at http://www.portlandoregon.gov/police/cor/
* If people are routinely speeding, ask for a “speed reader board” to go up — one of those nifty readouts that tells cars how fast they’re going.
* Call or email your elected officials and tell them you want to see better enforcement of existing laws to save lives, prevent property damage, and prevent personal injury.
– city council http://www.portlandonline.com/?c=28533
– county commissioners http://web.multco.us/board
– your state senators and reps http://www.leg.state.or.us/findlegsltr/

Want to see less carnage? Call now and call often.

Ted Buehler

KYouell
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KYouell

I’m fine with the word Car-nage. I’m very tired of people acting like driving is dissimilar to unholstering a gun, taking the safety off, and waving it at other people out on the street.

It’s time for our “Stop der Kindermoord.” Every person injured by a driver is somebody’s child. One link to history for those that want to know more: http://www.aviewfromthecyclepath.com/2011/01/stop-child-murder.html

Psyfalcon
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Psyfalcon

Is there a list of crashes?

6-28 there was a crash at 92nd and Division where they pretty much closed Division and had someone leave on a board. I guess no one died since there was never any news story. It never showed up on the PPD incident blotter map.

6-29 Crash at Foster and Powell between a Subaru and a CRV. The CRV ended up on its roof with major damage to a rear corner. Subaru had damage to the front end. Somehow the CRV slid 100 feet, probably on its side. Powell WB was closed.

I’d count both of those as very dangerous, high energy collisions. They closed major roads, and were each responded to by several police, ambulances, and fire trucks.

We need a list of these to make it clear what happens on the streets on a daily basis. 2 hours later, and you can drive through and not know anything ever happened.

Joe
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Joe

yes this has to stop and its way outta control all over the world!
Portland riding is great but it you end up on a wrong street be ready 🙁

Reza
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Reza

Missing from this story is the crash last Friday evening where a Honda Civic driver ran a stop sign on SE 10th and Madison and collided with a Car2Go Smart car, sending the Civic into a utility pole. A passenger in the backseat of the Civic died on the scene from his injuries, a traumatic event for the many witnesses who had tried to render aid to the injured. Haven’t heard an update on that crash from the media, but the driver will have to live with the guilt of killing his friend for the rest of his life, in addition to any criminal charges or civil suits he faces.

A
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A

Intense psychological screening for those applying for auto use licenses.

kittens
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kittens

I think its lame that apparently the only thing we can do to push for change is “write a letter”. Yeah i have done that many times and so far as I can tell the only result is wasting my time. With today’s email clients it is very simple (even automatic) to autosort and delete messages you dont want to see. See: Spam. There is no point. People do what they want and nothing short of education/experience will change their lifestyle and policy making. Everyone is in their own echo chamber. That is why politics is broke and so is our country.

JL
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JL

I got my speedometer checked in my car. It seemed to be broken for years but the shop said it is dead on.
I suggest that all automobile owners get their cars checked, if mine is working correctly yours seem to be broken.

Mitch
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Mitch

I agree with your points. We need more safety conscious drivers, and fewer drivers overall. One small correction to your article is needed, however. You say three people lost control of their cars. It’s not clear from the police report on the Foster crash that both drivers were driving dangerously/illegally, or had lost control. One of them may have been driving properly and may have reacted properly to the impending collision, maybe even making the collision less severe than it really was. I would hate to indict someone of culpability in this tragedy if they didn’t deserve it.

Granpa
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Granpa

This is not an engineering problem, it is a behavior problem. I will grant that separate bike paths are desirable from both a safety and enjoyment perspective, but ill trained, distracted, impaired drivers are causing this problem. The affordable and ultimately effective solution will be serious training, staged licensing for drivers, enforcement of rules and serious punishment for those who break those rules.

peejay
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peejay

Frothing, boiling rage is the only logical reaction to this CARNAGE, but it probably isn’t the most effective reaction. So, I silently scream every time I hear of another case, and I do whatever I can to change the culture within my corner of the world.

Example: a waiter at a restaurant casually opining that red-light cameras were “stupid”; I said if I had my way, every intersection would have them, and that there’d be no getting out of it because the face isn’t clear.

Anyone who brags about how fast they go, how they got out of paying a ticket, or any other form of antisocial road behavior: these people need to be reminded that they are behaving like assholes.

Dan
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Dan

We have permanent blinking signs in our neighborhood that indicate when you are driving over the speed limit. I think they help quite a bit for the average driver, but some folks are just going to speed anyway. I often get buzzed in the mornings by a jeep that regularly drives 35-40 in the 25 mph zone.

Spiffy
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it’s also currently being redesigned as part of a major streetscape project (which ends west of this collision at 82nd).

actually… “…multimodal transportation Improvements along Foster Road from SE 50th to SE 90th”

http://www.portlandoregon.gov/transportation/57866

so they’re improving it up to 2 blocks away from the crash… I’m excited for the change…

Chris I
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Chris I

There is a hesitancy in our culture to take away driving privileges. This is generally due to the reality that it is difficult to function in many communities without the access to a vehicle. I believe this is the root cause of weak laws regarding DUI, reckless driving, and elderly drivers. We can’t expect USDOT or even ODOT to take action on this, because they have so many completely car-dependent communities in their jurisdiction.

However, in many of our cities, you can get around without a vehicle. The cities need to start taking the lead on this; working with the state DOT and police to increase penalties for bad driving. If you cause an injury accident, you need to have your license suspended until you retest. If you get a DUI or reckless driving, the suspension needs to be at least a year. As a society, we can’t keep accepting this mayhem as a normal part of life.

Ted Buehler
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BTW, for those who define carnage by multiple fatalities, grab a hard copy of today’s Oregonian. Pop it open to page B3. You’ll read about a bunch of misbehaving motor vehicles that somehow killed their drivers.

* a fatal head-on collision, Monday in Scappose. Details forthcoming.
* David Guzman-Ramirez, 25, who died Monday “after his SUV ran off Sodhouse Lane on a curve…” near Malheur Lake. (should have sent that SUV to obedience school?)
* William Hammon, 31, who died Monday in Jackson County when his “motorcycle missed a stop sign” on Highway 99 and broadsided a horse trailer, then got run over by a commercial truck. (motorcycle deserves a reprimand for that)
* Alice Hancock, 79, died Friday when “her car pulled out from a stop sign… into the path of another car…” near Lakewood. (another faulty motor vehicle?)

Its all in the language. Want the carnage to continue, and be swept under the rug? Get your news from The Oregonian.

Thanks, Jonathan, for regularly bringing the motor vehicle carnage to our attention, and posting it on the top headline of the blog.

Ted Buehler

PdxMark
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PdxMark

Ted Buehler
BTW, for those who define carnage by multiple fatalities, grab a hard copy of today’s Oregonian. Pop it open to page B3. You’ll read about a bunch of misbehaving motor vehicles that somehow killed their drivers.

Thanks for posting. That’s a sadly funny example of “active voice” writing rooted in a passive voice mentality… To avoid saying the drivers did those things, the vehicles are now magically in control…

esther c
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esther c

I don’t think the problem is the infrastructure. Its operator error that causes the problems. Thousands of people negotiate that intersection daily without mowing down people on the sidewalk and driving into that house.

What we need is stricter testing before people are given licenses to operate a vehicle. Infractions need to be taken seriously. Drunk drivers need to be taken off our streets after the first offense and their cars need to be taken away from them so they do not have an opportunity to drive again.

In certain areas our speed limits need to be lowered. 2 lane roads without a shoulder, there is no excuse for a speed limit above 45mph for example. Limited sight lines on hills need to have restricted speeds the same way curves do.

esther c
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esther c

No double or triple trailers allowed anywhere. We do not need freight trains on our highways. We have railroad tracks for that. No tractor trailers or semis allowed on city streets except during certain we morning hours. Anything that can be delivered in a smaller truck can be moved to a smaller truck.

Kristi Finney
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Kristi Finney

This is a National Highway Traffic Safety Administration map of the Oregon traffic fatalities of 2011:

http://www-nrd.nhtsa.dot.gov/departments/nrd-30/ncsa/STSI/41_OR/2011/Oregon_Map_1_GIS_DATA_2011.HTM

My son Dustin’s death is here, at the hour and location that it happened. Miky Vu. Dale Beacock…Very sobering to see all of them. Not that I’m not already very sober.

“Carnage” seems exactly the right word to me. I’ve used it myself. “Indifferent” I use to describe most people’s attitude toward the dangers on the road. “Complacent” seems to be the view most people take of their own driving/biking/walking habits.

I think I want to scare people. Better scared than devastated.
Collisions kill. They cause life-altering injuries. They break up relationships. They bankrupt. They destroy dreams. Etc. Etc. Etc.

“If it bleeds, it leads.” That’s the media take, right? And the average person sees this, is appalled and shocked, and then forgets it by the end of the next story. I wish I had the answers on how to change things. I’m constantly thinking about it. I am outraged that my son was killed! I get more outraged every time I see other sons and daughters killed for no good reason.

Could we make an impact if for just one day or a half a day or whatever per year, at the location of every fatal crash we put an image or symbol of the person(s) killed there. How would a person feel if they’re driving/riding/walking/busing home from work 5 miles or so and they see multiple where someone has died?

Just throwing an idea out there.

mark
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mark

the thing about “making it less convenient and more expensive” to drive is that many people have to drive. either for a living (like myself) or because they need to cart their kids around and it’s not practical for everyone to ride around on a bike carrying a trailer with their kids in it. I love biking and I encourage less vehicle use, but personally I wouldn’t pull a toddler or baby around on a trailer or on the back of a bike, because I don’t trust other drivers. Also in a car I have seatbelts, airbags, crumple zones, etc to protect my child. A lot of people forget the vast majority of the country doesnt have the fortunate advantage of living in a city where you don’t have to drive that much, or you can choose to get around without a car. I know way more people who don’t have a car, than people who do. And I love that about this city. However, it’s just not practical for the whole country. It’s more about breaking habits, and if you look at the studies, car use and car sales continue to decline, and I believe this will continue. Part of it is due to the increased cost of driving, licensing, and fueling your vehicles. But also because people are becoming more aware of the environmental impact and the unnecessary reasons for driving everywhere. That’s what will make the most difference, changing people’s habits, and I don’t think we need to be forced into that due to economics.

Rob Chapman
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Rob Chapman

Paul in the ‘couve, you are officially my favorite commenter here. Well said sir.

esther c
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esther c

If we had a usable bus and rail system people without cars could actually travel from place to place by bus. Greyhound is a mess.

Scott
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Scott

A semantics argument. Awesome way to deflect addressing a topic.

Keep Portland Passive Agressive

Ayleen
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“Failing to control their cars” Very well phrased, Jonathan.