Crash into Lents utility pole proves fatal

Here’s what we’ve learned about this deadly outer East Portland accident …

In the Lents neighborhood, police close SE Holgate Boulevard to investigate a fatal crash. Courtesy of KATU-2.

By David F. Ashton

In the wee hours of April 16, quite likely the Ford F150 pickup truck driven by 22-year-old Deontae Martin Eugene Farlow was then the only vehicle driving on SE Holgate Boulevard, a couple of blocks east of the I-205 Freeway.

Inexplicably, Farlow’s truck left the driving lanes and veered into a wooden utility pole head-on, just before 3:30 a.m. a.m. that morning – which summoned Portland Police Bureau (PPB) officers to the area.

The PPB Traffic Division Major Crash Team arrives on scene to begin their investigation. Courtesy KGW-8

“Officers located a deceased adult male at the scene, but no other injuries were reported,” said PPB Public Information Officer Sergeant Brad Yakots about the crash.

The PPB Traffic Division Major Crash Team arrived and began to investigate.

SE Holgate Boulevard was closed for hours, while Crash Team members took measurements and otherwise documented this, their 24th activation and their 16th fatality investigation this year, revealed Yakots.

The evening after the crash, family and friends gather to remember their lost loved one and friend. East Portland News image

“If anyone has information relating to this investigation, they are asked to call Investigator Garret Dow at 503-823-5070,” Yakots said.

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