Darkness, jaywalking said causes of Lents pedestrian accident

Officials say this serious accident could have been avoided …

The victim’s shoes were all that remained at the scene when a woman and baby were struck on New Year’s Eve crossing SE Foster Rd. west of SE 82nd Avenue of Roses.

Story and photos by David F. Ashton
For all the partying going on across outer East Portland on New Year’s Eve, most folks here were behaving safely.

Early in the evening, however a woman and a baby were seriously injured when they were hit by a car about 8:00 p.m. on December 31.

Officials told us it looked as if the woman was crossing SE Foster Road, west of the SE 82nd Ave. of Roses intersection, not at the light. “We see many people jaywalking here, to avoid waking the few extra feet to cross at the light,” an officer said at the scene.

SE Foster Rd. was blocked for hours while the accident was investigated.

We were told the car’s driver immediately stopped and cooperated with officers.

The woman, carrying an eight-month old infant, was said to be dressed in dark colored clothing, making her difficult to see on the rain-coated street.

Police did not say if the driver of the car was facing any charges.

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