Crash into parked car on 96th kills driver

Here’s what’s been learned about a fatal accident, in the Mill Park neighborhood …

After an crash in which a man is thrown from his truck after ramming a parked car in outer East Portland, SE 96th Avenue, between SE Division and Market Street, is closed.

Story and photos by David F. Ashton

A man lost his life in an instant, when the truck he was driving rear-ended a parked car along SE 96th Avenue near SE Lincoln Street, in the early evening hours of July 3.

“We were working in the yard, and heard a tremendous crashing, smashing sound – then silence,” said neighbor Mary Cummings.

“Looking out, we could see what looked like an older, restored truck had been going [northbound], at what must have been a pretty good clip, when he just plowed into back of a Volvo, parked along the curb,” Cummings told East Portland News.

The Portland Police Major Crash Team is called to this deadly wreck.

At 6:29 p.m., after several neighbors called the 9-1-1 Center, Portland Police Bureau (PPB) East Precinct officers and emergency medical first responders sped to the scene and found a man, apparently ejected from the truck, motionless in the street.

“Medical efforts to save the driver were not successful and he died at the scene; a female passenger was not injured,” later said PPB Public Information Officer Sgt. Pete Simpson.

The impact of the truck into this classic Volvo is so severe, it rips off the back end of the car.

The PPB Traffic Division’s Major Crash Team conducted a crash investigation, the results of which have yet to be revealed, nor has the name of the deceased.

Looking at the crash scene, Cummings shook her said and commented, “Even though this street is next to I-205, it’s not a freeway, but some people drive as if it is.”

© 2017 David F. Ashton ~ East Portland News


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