Having the ‘right-of-way’ doesn’t prevent crash

There’s a lesson to be learned from this wreck …

It’s unclear who caused this accident – but the result is crystal clear: Two vehicles are totaled, and people were injured…

Story and photos by David F. Ashton
In many ways, the smash-up on SE 82nd Avenue of Roses at SE Duke Street was unremarkable.

No one was killed, nor were there serious injuries, in this accident which took place at high noon.

What we learned from Portland Police Bureau spokesman Sgt. Brian Schmautz was that witnesses at the scene disagreed on who had the red light, so no citations were issued.

Everyone walked away from this one, but a moment’s inattention can cost drivers more than just a wrecked vehicle.

“75-year-old Jean Baggs was ia blue PT Cruiser northbound on SE 82nd, and was in the process of turning westbound on SE Duke Street, when she collided with red Honda being driven southbound on SE 82nd Avenue by 50-year-old Deborah Steimer,” Schmautz reported.

No matter who was at fault the result was the same: Two smashed cars, and two injured drivers. Schmautz advises to drive defensively, and to assume the other drivers might make a mistake that could cost you. That’s the best way to make sure you arrive at your destination.

© 2008 David F. Ashton ~ East Portland News

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