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Person killed by drunk driver on SW Barbur Boulevard


PPB says it happened “in the area” of SW Barbur and Parkhill.

Portland Police have issued a statement on a fatal collision that happened early this morning on Southwest Barbur Boulevard.

According to the PPB, it happened just after midnight near the intersection of Barbur and SW Parkhill Drive. This is three miles south of Portland City Hall and just north of the Vermont viaduct.

Officers responded to what they thought was single car collision, but when the arrived they were contacted by the driver of the car, 30-year-old Ivan Cam. Cam told officers he thought he hit someone who was walking. Upon further investigation, the officers found a body lying in the street.

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Cam was arrested and booked into Multnomah County Detention Center on charges of Driving Under the Influence of Alcohol, Reckless Driving, and Manslaughter II. The PPB is still investigating this crash and needs more witnesses. If you saw it or have any information, please can PPB non-emergency line at (503) 823-3333.

This is the 12th person to die while using Portland streets so far this year. Nine of the 12 victims have been vulnerable road users: four were walking, two were motorcycling, two were sleeping, one was bicycling.

UPDATE, 3/18 at 4:40 pm: The Multnomah County DA’s office has just released a new statement on the case…

“Today, Multnomah County District Attorney Rod Underhill announced that a three count charging document was filed against 30-year old Ivan Cam for allegedly causing the death of 39-year-old Iulia Hanczarek.

Cam is charged with one count of manslaughter in the second degree, one count of driving under the influence of intoxicants, and one count of reckless driving…

During the investigation, law enforcement learned that shortly before the crash Cam was at a downtown Portland bar where he consumed at least two drinks, according to court documents.

Cam told police he was traveling approximately 50 miles per hour when his window “suddenly exploded,” according to court documents. After the impact, Cam stopped his vehicle, turned it around which is when he realized he struck a pedestrian. Cam called 9-1-1 and remained on scene until police responded, according to court documents.

When officers arrived and contacted Cam, they reported noticing a smell of alcohol coming from his breath, according to court documents.”

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