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Another person killed while walking in east Portland

Posted by on March 22nd, 2018 at 2:30 pm

Where four people were killed while walking in Portland so far this year.

Another person has been killed while walking on a Portland road.

Details from the Portland Police Bureau are sparse. They say a man was trying to cross NE Sandy Boulevard near 122nd at around 9:12 pm last night when he was hit by someone driving a Subaru wagon that was going westbound.

According to our tally that’s the fourth person killed while walking in Portland this year and the seventh fatal collision overall. One person hit while walking across SE Powell (at 124th) with a friend on March 18th remains at the hospital with life-threatening injuries.

Of the six non-freeway fatalities, five of them happened east of I-205.

Here are the names of victims and locations of the crashes so far:

02/01/18 – Yelena V. Loukas, 53 – SE 148th & Stark (walking)
02/06/18 – Jeremy J. Sowa, 43 – SE Powell & 141st (motorcycling)
02/11/18 – Perwin S. Moni, 34 – SE 122nd & Stark (driving)
03/09/18 – Wes Hatton, 65 – SE 30th & Belmont (walking)
03/11/18 – Fuk K Chan, 74 – SE Division & 115th (walking)
03/21/18 – Unknown – NE 122nd & Sandy (walking)

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This steady trickle of tragedy — much of it from the high-speed arterials of outer east Portland where people bear an unfair burden of unfsafe infrastructure — leaves many people feeling a mix of horror, frustration, and outrage that more isn’t being done to combat it.

As we reported last month, Portland is already grappling with a spike in traffic deaths in 2017. City officials say they’ve built a strong “foundation” for safer outcomes in the future but it doesn’t seem like nearly enough.

As long as the threat we face grows at a faster rate than our efforts to mitigate it, I’m afraid we can expect these tragedies to continue.

Our leaders must step up and do more.

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

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Dan A
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At first I thought I had traveled to an old page, like, “this can’t be a new story, can it?” Sad.

Tom
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Tom

“Foundation” my ass.

bikeninja
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bikeninja

It makes me sad to think that this will probably only get worse. As time goes on fewer and fewer people will be able to afford the automobile lifestyle and will end up on foot while those still clinging to their petro buggies will become more desperate and frenzied to do whatever it takes to hold on to motoring privilege, racing about town at all hours chasing that last buck. At the same time our civic authorities seem petrified with inaction, unable to improve enforcement or infrastructure for a host of reasons. It will probably only get better as happy motoring slides down the slope of depletion and entropy to a well deserved end.

soren
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“They’ve built a strong “foundation” for safer outcomes in the future”

a foundation built of words and insufficient funding is an insult.

Bill Stites
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This is very sad news. I’m disheartened to agree that significant improvements to road safety will be a long time coming, as there truly is no political will to curb driving.

The concept of “proactively reducing automobile use” is the primary solution, because, well, the problem is “too much automobile use”. Kinda logical. I appreciate that this concept of creating deterrents to driving is getting more air time with Jonathan, Aaron, and others advocating for safer streets.
It seems helpful to target policies that affect the moment when a citizen decides what mode they will make their next trip with – we really need to move that decision needle toward transit, biking and walking.

Portland’s version of Vision Zero targets 2025 [?] for “0” traffic deaths. Does anyone at the City of Portland really see a trajectory that comes even close to this publicly-stated policy-guiding goal?! I just can’t even imagine how we get to “0” in 7 years without big, game-changing proposals NOW.

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q

There was almost another death on Division as well: http://katu.com/news/local/driver-strikes-injures-gresham-teen-on-southeast-division-street

“Police say the boy is considered at fault for the crash, but the driver was cited for driving with a suspended license and for not having insurance.”

“Police remind the public to look before crossing roadways, always use crosswalks, and always wear reflective clothing when walking in the dark.”

“Police say the teen was crossing the street to the northeast and was not in a crosswalk. They say he was not wearing reflective clothing.”

Too bad the police didn’t remind the public not to drive with a suspended license and no insurance, or that people driving 22-year-old cars without modern safety equipment should maintain them. And stated, “Putting aside the fact the driver shouldn’t have been on the road at all, we’re putting the blame on the victim”.

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There was almost another death on Division as well: http://katu.com/news/local/driver-strikes-injures-gresham-teen-on-southeast-division-street“Police say the boy is considered at fault for the crash, but the driver was cited for driving with a suspended license and for not having insurance.”“Police remind the public to look before crossing roadways, always use crosswalks, and always wear reflective clothing when walking in the dark.”“Police say the teen was crossing the street to the northeast and was not in a crosswalk. They say he was not wearing reflective clothing.”Too bad the police didn’t remind the public not to drive with a suspended license and no insurance, or that people driving 22-year-old cars without modern safety equipment should maintain them. And stated, “Putting aside the fact the driver shouldn’t have been on the road at all, we’re putting the blame on the victim”.Recommended 0

I’m with you but what is wrong with a 22 year old car (I looked at the photo and saw no lights out)? What new safety equipment would have helped to prevent this?

Dave
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Enforcement, enforcement, enforcement. All drivers must be put in a climate of fear of the law–what is wrong with the city, the state? Either that, or complete legalization of auto theft and vandalism much as ranchers deal with livestock predators.

Nance
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Nance

It sucks out here. Powell, for example, has no sidewalks from 122nd out to around 181st-ish (haven’t paid much attention after). Really, aside from a couple of random blocks there isn’t a sidewalk starting at I205. Along with that many of the main streets, and side streets for that matter, are poorly lit. Most will only have street lights on one side. That’s a big deal for visibility on the main streets. You can also forget about ADA accessible sidewalks. I can’t imagine being in a wheel chair or some other disability. Try “walking” west on Holgate from 122nd; you’ll find sidewalks that suddenly disappear, no easy way to cross the street unless you are able to run and/or be willing to play chicken, and again forget trying to get off a sidewalk w/wheelchair. You can imagine what biking is like… Try biking north-south without being on one of the big streets. It’s a zigzag that includes scary crossings at most of the arterials.. I can go on and on and on.. East of 205 has been ignored for far too long and we are seeing the consequences.

curly
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curly

Sad!

SD
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I believe this is an ODOT stroad. Where could they find a few extra million to fix this death trap? I wonder.

Scott Kocher
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Now five.

9watts
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9watts

meh
Why is it only drivers? Why not everyone? Vision zero isn’t just about drivers, it’s about everyone understanding the rules and following them so that everyone is safer.

Actually in my reading of how Vision Zero has been set up, it pretty much does boil down to drivers. Sure there is something for everyone to do, but the only reason anyone thought to dream up this strategy is because of what drivers have bequeathed us. The Vision Zero language I’m familiar with wastes nary on word on berating pedestrians to pay more attention, or for cyclists to take more responsibility. If you can find copy that does this I’d be curious to see it.

meh
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meh

Once again lay the blame on the driver, because a pedestrian is never at fault for running into traffic without looking, or walking across a rail line with out looking. Then throw out vision zero because you don’t want to take responsibility for your actions. You want to foist it all on drivers.

Infrastructure is great, but only if it inconveniences drivers. Well, you did the road diets and now you have to put up more and more diverters because you inconvenienced drivers into using side streets. More and more infrastructure is going to go into place and it’s going to inconvenience driver’s, cyclists and pedestrians, because we are trying to fix infrastructure that was never designed with vision zero in mind. But you don’t want that inconvenience so the heck with the rules.

Matt S.
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Matt S.

I spend a lot of time in the “numbers” and I see vast amounts of unsafe driving, it’s startling…