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Man remains hospitalized after collision at Cully and Killingsworth

Scene of Ryan Egge collision-9
Looking southwest at the intersection of Northeast Cully and Killingsworth.
(Photos: J. Maus/BikePortland)

51-year-old northeast Portland resident Alberto Canche-Mukel remains in the hospital with serious injuries after a traffic collision late last night.

This collision is just the latest in a spate of traffic crashes in the past week — including five fatalities.

Canche-Mukel was biking northbound on Northeast Cully Boulevard and was in the intersection of Killingsworth (map) when he and 34-year-old Ramon Benton collided. Benton was driving a 2004 Honda Accord eastbound on Killingsworth prior to the collision. Police say Benton stayed at the scene and, “did not display any signs of impairment or distracted driving.”

Information released by the Portland Police Bureau (PPB) so far does not say who had the right-of-way or whether or not Benton was traveling over the 35 mph speed limit.

As per usual in these situations, no citations have been issued because the crash is still under investigation. Once the Mutlnomah County District Attorney’s office has reviewed the case, the PPB will re-examine the circumstances before handing out any citations.

This intersection is no stranger to collisions. Three years ago Ryan Egge died from injuries he sustained after being struck by an auto user while crossing here.

And just last year PBOT held a “Safe Streets Fair” at this same location.

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The view northbound on Cully just before Killingsworth.

The Portland Bureau of Transportation says this section of Killingsworth is part of its High Crash Network. Speed limits on both streets are 35 mph and the cross-section is multi-lane and relatively wide. By 2018 PBOT plans to build more sidewalks and add buffered bike lanes on Killingsworth east of the Cully intersection.

According to PBOT’s Vision Zero Crash Map, four motor vehicle users were seriously injured at this intersection between 2005 and 2014 (in addition to the Egge fatality).

This latest collision is just the latest in a spate of traffic crashes in the past week — including five fatalities. Here’s a rundown of PPB headlines between June 27th and July 4th:

Drunk Driver Crashes into Power Pole in Southeast Portland (Photo) – 06/27/17

Driver in Stolen Car Arrested After Ramming Police Car to Evade Capture (Photo) – 06/28/17

Drunk Driver Crashes into TriMet Bus Shelter on Powell Boulevard (Photo) – 06/29/17

Fatal Crash Investigation Underway on North Columbia Boulevard – 06/29/17

Major Crash Team Responding to Fatal Crash on Marine Drive – 06/30/17

Major Crash Team Responding to Investigate Pedestrian-Involved Crash on Southeast 122nd Avenue – 07/02/17

Pedestrian Critically Injured in Crash on Southeast 122nd Avenue [now a fatality] – 07/04/17

Major Crash Team Responding to a Fatal Crash on Southeast 96th Avenue – 07/04/17

Fatal Crash Investigation Underway on Airport Way – 07/04/17

Portland has made a valiant Vision Zero effort. But it’s clear not enough is being done. It will take a much more aggressive mix of policies, programs, and projects if we ever hope to get there.

— Jonathan Maus: (503) 706-8804, @jonathan_maus on Twitter and jonathan@bikeportland.org

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