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Arrest made in fatal crash on SE Center near Powell Butte – UPDATED

Posted by on March 19th, 2016 at 5:32 pm

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Approximate crash location. Powell Butte Nature Park
is in the lower right.

A person was killed today after being involved in a traffic collision.

Details are still coming in, but so far we know that the deceased was a 17-year-old man and the other party in the collision was a person driving a Dodge Dakota pickup. The incident happened just before 4:00 pm today on SE Center a few blocks east of 141st Avenue (map).

Center is a low-volume neighborhood street with speed bumps and it’s a popular east-west bicycle route in the area.

According to the city’s Vision Zero crash map, there were zero reported bike collisions on this stretch of Center during the 2004-2013 period.

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According to the Portland Police, the driver of the motor vehicle has been detained and their Major Crash Team is still on the scene conducting an investigation.

This is the first bicycle fatality of 2016. There were two fatal bicycle crashes all of last year.

We’ll update this story as we know more.

UPDATE, 8:30 am on March 20th: Police have finished their initial investigation and they’ve arrested 55-year-old Franklin Drobny for Reckless Driving, DUII and Manslaughter II. He has been lodged at the Multnomah County Jail.

UPDATE: There was another fatal crash involving a vulnerable roadway user last night. A 58-year-old man was struck and killed by a motor vehicle operator while trying to cross NE Cully at Mason. The police have arrested the driver for Reckless Driving, DUII and Manslaughter II. More from Police here.

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Jeff
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Jeff

Rest in peace. #visionzero

Terry D-M
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Terry D-M

Speed Bumps do nothing for the Pick-ups…..aggressive drivers just hop them.

Allan L.
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Allan L.

“A person was killed today after being involved in a traffic collision.”

Is it just me, or does that seem a little harsh?

mh
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In broad daylight.

buildwithjoe
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The human on a bike was killed. Over 400 people were killed in 2015 due to cars in Oregon. That’s a record number of people killed.

Today I was walking my kid to the park where cars speed at 40 in a 30 zone. I got a speed gun and call 823SAFE all the time. The street should be 25. Cops never ticket cars, but suddenly an unmarked cop off duty pulled over a cyclist. The irony of that cop’s action did not register when I noted the irony. It has been 3 years of me and my kid being nearly run down by cars who do not see us in a marked crosswalk. Bryant and Greeley. Some people don’t get it. #visionzero

Mark Smith
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Mark Smith

We taking a wager on whether the person will get a ticket, much less charges?

Kristi Finney
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Kristi Finney

A person WAS killed today. Just like it’s “crash not accident”, I think “killed”, not “died”, is appropriate. The young man wasn’t just riding along and keeled over due to natural causes. Sadly, it appears that someone driving a vehicle killed him. It IS harsh. I feel so badly for him and for his family.

There was quite a heated discussion about this very thing on the closed MADD Victim Services Facebook page just the other day. The vast majority of victims and families said they say “killed” (some even use “murdered”) and were not all right with “died” and especially not “passed away.” Dustin was killed. That’s how I see it.

I sure wish I didn’t have to keep seeing it.

J_R
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J_R

From PPB website:

###UPDATE###

The initial investigation into this incident has been complete. Franklin Drobny, a 55-year-old male, has been arrested for Reckless Driving, DUII and Manslaughter II. He has been lodged at the Multnomah County Jail.

dwk
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dwk

Just a typical weekend in bike/pedestrian Portland Oregon.

William Hurst, 29, was arrested late Saturday evening after officers responded to reports of a deadly crash at Northeast Cully and Mason

Police said the victim, a 58-year-old man, was crossing NE Cully from the south side of Mason when Hurst hit him. The man’s name has not been released.

Hours earlier, the Portland Police Bureau’s Major Crash Team was called out to the 14200 block of Southeast Center Street on reports of a teenage bicyclist in a collision with a Dodge Dakota. The 17-year-old was killed. His name has not yet been released.

Franklin Drobny, 55, was arrested and lodged into the Multnomah County Detention Center.

In Vancouver, a 20-year-old pedestrian was seriously injured in an early Sunday morning collision with a hit-and-run driver.

The crash happened around 1 a.m. near the 4000 block of 131st Street. Police have very few leads. The vehicle is dark and will likely have front end damage on the passenger side.

On Friday, officers responded to a crash on Northeast Glisan Street at Northeast 117th. In that crash, police said an 89-year-old man hit a 35-year-old woman while she was crossing the road. Police have not determined if the crash was caused by impaired driving. The victim, Amber Lapine, suffered life-threatening injuries. The driver has not been arrested.

In a prepared statement, the police bureau said, “The PPB expresses its sincerest sympathy’s to all those impacted by these preventable tragedies. We would like to remind the public of the dangers of driving while under the influence of intoxicants and also ask all drivers to be aware of vulnerable road users such as bicyclists and pedestrians.”

Terry D-M
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Terry D-M

A second person killed by a drunk driver, this time a pedestrian crossing NE Cully and Mason. Driver has been charged.
http://www.portlandoregon.gov/police/news/read.cfm?id=7083&ec=2

SE
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SE

I drive that street quite often. Even calling it “low traffic” is an understatement.
Lots of unobstructed visibility. Driver had to be impaired.

Random
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Random

Franklin Dubrony, the guy arrested, has at least two prior arrests in 2013 for DUI, and probably one in 2014, according to Google.

More of Multnomah County’s “catch and release” law enforcement.

soren
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soren

BikeLoudPDX is holding a Re-imagine Powell Ride and a Direct Action Meeting at 4:15 at Hopworks Urban Brewery today. We are going to be <b<LOUD about these unnecessary deaths.

https://www.facebook.com/events/1699774803641318/

Champs
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Champs

As much as anybody wishes to argue, no amount of built infrastructure or wordsmithery could have prevented what is first and foremost a human tragedy.

DUI is correlated with over 30% of all MVI fatalities. Things have to change.

Between now and “Zero by 2035” is the time between the passage of DOMA and marriage equality as a matter of *law*, never mind personal acceptance.

As an army, law enforcement has never won The War on anything.

SE
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SE

bjorn
Actually this is just how it works, if you are drunk and you stay at the scene after you kill someone you are going to jail, if you flee and leave them to die alone in the street and then turn yourself in after you sober up, well how can we know what happened so how can we charge anyone??? What really needs to change is that if you flee the scene of a fatal accident the penalty is at least equal to what happens when you don’t flee and you are intoxicated.
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YES , a strategy developed 3 years ago by our very own ski bowl owner, Kirk Hanna

http://bikeportland.org/2010/08/26/owner-of-mt-hood-ski-bowl-pleads-guilty-to-hit-and-run-duii-and-assault-38539

http://www.oregonlive.com/portland/index.ssf/2012/06/mt_hood_skibowl_owners_unsual.html

catherine feta cheese
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catherine feta cheese

Another awful event, this time on the Springwater, Gresham. One wishes the alert had been put out on Friday, not Sunday, with a suspect at large.

“Woman reports sexual assault along Springwater Corridor in Gresham”

Dana Tims | The Oregonian/OregonLive

on March 20, 2016 at 8:52 PM, updated March 20, 2016 at 8:54 PM
Police are searching for a man wanted in connection with a sexual assault reported by a 22-year-old Portland woman Friday afternoon on the Springwater Corridor near Southwest Highland Drive in Gresham.

The investigation in continuing and the unidentified suspect remains at large, police said.

The woman told police she was riding her bicycle westbound on the trail at about 4:20 p.m., when a tire went flat. While she was changing the tire, the woman flagged down a man riding a dark-colored mountain bike and asked for help.

After talking briefly, the man threatened to kill the woman with a knife, she told police. He then forced her into a wooded area south of the trail and sexually assaulted her, the victim said.

She described the suspect as bald man with a medium build, in his 40s, clean-shaven and about 6-feet to 6-feet-two inches tall. He was wearing a red jacket, blue jeans and carried a dark-colored backpack.

Anyone with information about the case is asked to call the Gresham Police tip line at 503-618-2719.

Carlsson
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Carlsson
Mike Quigley
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Mike Quigley

Krav Maga is easy to learn self defense against armed attackers. Even multiple attackers. Women and kids can do it. And it’s fun to practice. In today’s “Land of the Free” I’m amazed at how vulnerable most people are.

Jim Chasse
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Jim Chasse

Such a waste! Any death is a tragedy, but a young person especially so.
In an area of town where bike infrastructure is slow to come and encouraging cycling is a priority, it only discourages people from riding.
This is my neighborhood and it hits very close to home.

Oliver
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Oliver

2 miles from where that driver started shooting at someone who yelled at him for speeding.

Bicycle infrastructure is not the problem.

Paul Atkinson
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Paul Atkinson

I guess it’s at least a positive that he was drunk.

Which might seem like a ridiculous thing to say, except I remember the last few cyclists killed or injured by sober drivers and the complete lack of any kind of law under which to prosecute. Or so concluded our crack DA. If there’s no impairment, there’s no crime in running down a cyclist.

So…I’m happy he was impaired?

Tom
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Tom

DUI continues to be the biggest issue for Vision Zero, yet the task force is doing zero to address this problem. Real action would an ordinance to remove driving privileges within city limits for persons with a new DUI conviction until their AA group unanimously votes to approve them to drive. We need visionaries and innovators running Vision Zero, not bureaucrats looking for something to add to their resume.

kittens
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kittens

Great job the PPD found this guy. Hope it leads to some closure for those involved.