collisions

Driver, student collide in crosswalk in front of Harriet Tubman Middle School

by on October 17th, 2018 at 11:54 am

Looking southbound on N Flint at Russell. The school is on the right.

Many of us had bad feelings about the chaotic traffic on North Flint Avenue during school drop-off. Now those concerns appear to have been very warranted.

Less than two months into the school season, a young student walking to class was injured by an auto user as she crossed the street in front of Harriet Tubman Middle School yesterday morning.

Several readers contacted us about the collision and we were eventually forwarded this email from the school’s principal, Natasha Butler: [Read more…]

Woman has life-threatening injuries after collision on SE 82nd Ave – UPDATED

by on October 15th, 2018 at 2:19 pm

Looking southbound on 82nd just before SE Henderson (on the right).

The Portland Police Bureau’s Major Crash Team responded to a serious collision involving a bicycle rider today just after 11:00 am.
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Man and six-year-old son injured in crash crossing NE 33rd on a neighborhood greenway

by on July 17th, 2018 at 11:46 am

A sight you hope to never see.
(Photo: Josh Ross)

The Going Neighborhood Greenway is one of the busiest and arguably best example of a family-friendly cycling street we have in Portland. That’s why what happened to Josh Ross and his six-year-old son on Saturday matters.
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Police investigating life-threatening injury crash involving bicycle rider in NW Industrial District – UPDATED

by on May 15th, 2018 at 9:44 am

View looking east on NW Nicolai between 27th and 29th.

A man has suffered what Portland Police are referring to as, “serious life-threatening injuries” after he was involved in a collision with a truck in an industrial area of Northwest Portland.
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Man arrested for reckless driving and assault after hit-and-run in Creston-Kenilworth

by on April 12th, 2018 at 1:08 pm

A man has been arrested and charged with four crimes in relation to a crash on April 6th that injured a bicycle rider.

The Portland Police Bureau just announced they’ve arrested 30-year-old Abduraham S. Abubaker at his home (near SE Ramona and 122nd) for his role in a crash that took place on SE Gladstone at Cora just east of 34th last week. This section of Gladstone has two general vehicle lanes, unprotected bike lanes and a curbside lane.

Police say witnesses who saw the crash said a man driving a blue Dodge Stratus turned south onto Cora from eastbound Gladstone “and collided with the bicyclist.” The driver then fled and left the injured bike rider in the roadway. The victim was helped by people who had gathered nearby. They contacted help, remained at the scene, and gave information to officers.
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Bicycle rider involved in collision with a MAX train in southeast

by on March 13th, 2018 at 5:58 pm

Looking north on SE 17th at Rhine.

We’ve received preliminary details about a collision this afternoon between a bicycle rider and a MAX operator.
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Careless driving, other charges possible in serious injury collision on N Greeley at I-5

by on December 21st, 2017 at 3:58 pm

Ride Along with Ali Reis-9

A woman checks over her shoulder before merging across the on-ramp where Greeley funnels into I-5.
(Photos: J. Maus/BikePortland)

A person riding a bike on North Greeley was struck by a person driving a car today around 1:45 pm. The collision happened — surprise, surprise! — where the unprotected bike lane crosses over a busy, high-speed freeway onramp to I-5 where people often drive well over 50 mph.

It’s a collision that should have never happened. A Portland Bureau of Transportation project to create a two-way, physically protected bike lane on the other side of Greeley was supposed to be build this past August but has been delayed due to contracting issues until spring.

After hearing about the collision on social media, we followed up with the Portland Police Bureau to confirm the details.

Public Information Officer Sgt. Chris Burley said the bicycle rider was transported to the hospital with, “What are believed to be serious but non-life-threatening injuries.” Sgt. Burley added that the investigation into what caused the collision is still underway, “But initial information provided by the investigating traffic officer suggested the driver would be cited for careless driving as well as at least one other charge.”
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One fatality, one serious injury collision on outer southeast roadways over the weekend

by on November 13th, 2017 at 3:16 pm

View of police flares from crash investigation at SE 148th and Division.
(Photo: Sarah Iannarone)

One person was killed and another person sustained life-threatening injuries in two separate crashes this weekend. Both of them happened about one mile apart in southeast Portland.

On Saturday evening around 5:40, Portland police responded to a collision near the intersection of SE 148th and Division. They discovered that a bicycle rider had been hit by a driver and was lying on the ground. “Based on preliminary information,” read their statement, “officers believe the motorist and bicyclist were both traveling south on Southeast 148th Avenue when the bicyclist was struck by the vehicle.”

The man was believed to have “serious life threatening injuries.”

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Police make arrest in fatal Gresham collision

by on October 11th, 2017 at 10:02 am

SE Stark near 212th.

A 23-year-old Portland resident has been arrested due to his role in the death of a bicycle rider on Sunday evening.

Gresham Police have charged Kurtis Linn with DUII, Reckless Driving and Manslaughter in the 2nd degree. According to The Oregonian, Linn was driving his Chevy Blazer at nearly twice the speed limit and after consuming two drinks at a local bar prior to the collision.

Linn says he was racing another auto user and lost control of his car, then slammed into another car before he struck and killed Albert Sawdon who was bicycling in the bike lane.
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One year after he was killed while biking to work, Gresham man’s family will honor him

Michael Andersen (Contributor) by on September 21st, 2017 at 2:32 pm

Robert Esparza.
(Photo via Legacy.com)

The family of Robert Esparza will be on the Gresham-Fairview Trail late afternoon Sunday to call attention to bicycling awareness, organ donation and Esparza’s life.

Esparza, 21, was hit by a Corvette on Sept. 24 of last year while biking through the marked crosswalk near 200th and Glisan at 3:30 a.m. The alleged driver was Alex Jacoby. Esparza, a 2013 Gresham high school graduate, had been on the way to his shift as a welder for medical equipment maker CAPSA Solutions.

Esparza’s sister Janelle Ramirez said in an interview Thursday that she and her family will set up a table, bottled water, cookies and pictures of her brother from 3 p.m. to 5 p.m. (Facebook event here.) She expected other family members, friends and supporters to be there or stop by too, though no particular speech or moment is planned.

“I kind of just thought we could talk to people as they approach if they’re interested,” Ramirez said. “I just want a way to recognize him.”

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