Pedestrians hit, after stepping into traffic

See where these two outer East Portland crashes took place, within minutes of each other, and learn why officials say it wasn’t the fault of the drivers …

Southeast Division Street is closed while Portland Police Bureau Traffic Division officers investigate a pedestrian-involved accident, on the edge of the Powellhurst-Gilbert neighborhood.

Story and photos by David F. Ashton

Within 15 minutes of each other, two different people were struck in two different locations – in which the pedestrians had stepped off the curb and into oncoming traffic the evening of March 23.

At 9:33 p.m., Portland Police Bureau (PPB) East Precinct officers were called in investigate the pedestrian-struck accident in the area of Southeast 125th Avenue and Division Street.

After stumbling into the street, an intoxicated pedestrian is loaded into an ambulance and taken to a nearby hospital.

“Officers and medical personnel arrived and located the pedestrian – 51-year-old Anatoly Alexeivich Pavlenko – suffering from serious, but not life-threatening, injuries. After being taken by ambulance to a Portland hospital for treatment, he is expected to survive,” reported PPB Public Information Officer Sgt. Pete Simpson.

PPB Traffic Division investigators determined that Pavlenko was not in a crosswalk when he stepped into traffic on Division Street, where he was struck. “Investigators learned that Pavlenko was highly intoxicated at the time of the crash,” Simpson said.

The driver in that incident, 33-year-old Tekle Hamine Tufa, remained at the scene and cooperated with investigators. “No citations were issued to either Pavlenko or Tufa,” Simpson observed.

Second crash on Avenue of Roses

Near the Avenue of Roses IHOP Restaurant, a pedestrian walks into oncoming cars.

Then, at 9:48 p.m., East Precinct rolled to the scene of another pedestrian-involved crash, this one located on Southeast 82nd Avenue of Roses, between SE Raymond and Liebe Streets.

Officers determined that a 1996 Chrysler Town & Country Van had struck the pedestrian, who’d stepped into traffic from the west curb line.

Officers investigate the second accident in which a pedestrian is struck by a vehicle.

“43-year-old Andrew Everett Hennes is suffering from serious but not life-threatening injuries; he was transported by ambulance to a Portland hospital for treatment, and is expected to survive,” Simpson said. There was no indication why the victim had stepped into the street, but he did not appear to be impaired.

The driver, 44-year-old Billy Deshan Nelson, remained at the scene and cooperated with investigators Simpson said, adding, “No citations were issued to either Hennes or Nelson.”

An officer wraps the investigation of the second pedestrian-involved crash of the evening.

© 2017 David F. Ashton ~ East Portland News

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