See why, especially during stormy weather and short daylight hours, looking out for pedestrians is even more critical …
Police and paramedics rush to the side of a pedestrian who had been reportedly struck by a car, near Parkrose High School.
Story and photos by David F. Ashton
There were large patches of blue sky, among the storm clouds about 12:30 p.m. on September 25, when a 9-1-1 Call Center operator dispatched emergency responders to a “pedestrian struck” report.
The victim was reported to be laying in next to the sidewalk, along the Rossi Farms field on NE Shaver Street at NE 122nd Avenue.
Emergency responders stabilize the victim’s medical condition.
The crew of Portland Fire & Rescue Station 2 rolled out to the scene in their new Quint fire engine/truck unit, along with Portland Police Bureau (PPB) North Precinct district and Traffic Division officers who was also met by AMR paramedics.
After medically stabilizing the victim, the injured person was secured and taken to an area hospital by ambulance.
Perhaps because Parkrose High School was in session, there were no bystanders at the intersection to interview, and emergency responders chose not to speak with East Portland News.
This crash victim is loaded into an ambulance, in preparation for being transported to a hospital.
At this time, reports remain unavailable from the Police Bureau, but Public Information Officer Sgt. Pete Simpson did say that a case number had been filed in the incident.
This accident occurred in broad daylight.
The driver of the car that reportedly came in contact with the pedestrian is interviewed by a police officer.
But, as the season of clouds, rain and short daylight hours comes into the area, it’s even more important to be on the lookout for pedestrians, said Portland Bureau of Transportation Program Specialist Sharon White, as she began a “Pedestrian Safety Mission” minutes later that day, in the Centennial Neighborhood.
During such a mission, earlier this year, PPB Traffic Division Commander Lt. Chris Davis told East Portland News, “Unlike fender-benders between vehicles, all vehicle vs. pedestrian collisions are typically very serious, life-altering experiences for all involved.”
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