Fatal smashups: Pedestrian killed in Parkrose, motorcyclist dies in Lents

UPDATED | Find out about two outer East Portland fatal crashes that took place on NE Sandy Boulevard, and two days later, on SE Mt. Scott …

After a person is struck and killed by a car on NE Sandy Boulevard, officers close down the street at NE 98th Avenue.

By David F. Ashton

Crashes in outer East Portland – one in Parkrose on June 3; the other in Lents on June 5 – left two people dead, and others injured.

June 3
Pedestrian struck and killed on NE Sandy Boulevard

Taking over the pedestrian death investigation are members of the PPB’s Major Crash Team.

Officials at the Portland Police Bureau (PPB) haven’t yet revealed the name, gender, or age of the person who was struck and killed by a car on NE Sandy Boulevard on Monday evening, June 3.

PPB North Precinct officers arriving at the scene, near the TriMet Transit Center in the 9500 block of NE Sandy Boulevard at 9:57 p.m., found where the collision took place between a pedestrian and a Kia Soul sedan.

Into the night, investigators work to gather the evidence left behind by this fatal accident.

The PPB’s Major Crash Team responded to investigate this crash, closing Sandy Boulevard from 94th to 98th Avenues.

“The pedestrian died at the scene; the driver of the car remained at the scene,” is all PPB officials revealed at the time.

If you have information about this crash, email crimetips@police.portlandoregon.gov, to the attention of the Traffic Investigations Unit, and refer to Case No. 24-136909.

UPDATED: June 5
After a violent collision, a motorcyclist is dead and a motorist is injured in Lents

Although there are “caution” signs, warning of an intersection at SE Flavel Street and 112th Avenue, it can be difficult to see cross traffic at the steep crossing.

At the notoriously dangerous hillside intersection of SE Flavel Street and 112th Avenue, a motorcycle and a car smashed together, scattering wreckage across the street.

PPB East Precinct officers, dispatched to the smashup late Wednesday evening, June 5, at 11:16 p.m., found a motorcyclist dead at the scene – and the driver of a yellow two-door car was seriously injured, and swiftly taken to a local hospital by ambulance.

Once again, the Portland Police Traffic Division Major Crash Team is called to investigate a fatal crash in outer East Portland.

As the PPB’s Traffic Division Major Crash Team began to investigate the accident, SE Flavel Street was closed between 109th Avenue and 118th Drive – as well as 112th Avenue being shut down between Knapp and Malden Streets. No further information has yet been made public.

UPDATE
On June 8, Portland Police revealed that it was 22-year-old Phillip P. Taylor, of Happy Valley, who was killed as he rode a 2023 Harley Davidson Softail southbound on SE 112th Avenue and struck a 2006 Ford Focus, driven by a 66-year-old woman, crossing eastbound on SE Flavel Street.

“The driver was was taken to a local hospital for non life-threatening injuries, where she was interviewed by officers; but no arrests were made,” a police spokesperson said.

The crash remains under investigation. If you have information about this crash, and have not yet spoken with investigators, please e-mail it to crimetips@police.portlandoregon.gov; to the attention of the Traffic Investigations Unit, and make reference to Case No. 24-138693.

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These fatal encounters in outer East Portland are another blow to the goals of the Portland Bureau of Transportation’s Vision Zero program. The 69 people were killed in crashes in 2023 represent a 30-year high.

These two were fatal crashes numbers 22 and 23 so far this year. Nine of these wrecks killed pedestrians and four of them left dead motorcyclists.

Drive, and walk, safely!

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