Jaywalking pedestrian seriously injured on SE Division St.

See why the combination of a dark, rainy night – and walking across a busy street – proved to produce dire results …

Portland Police Bureau patrol cars shut down SE Division Street at SE 112th Avenue after a pedestrian is struck a block to the west.

Story and photos by David F. Ashton
Traffic came to a standstill on SE Division Street a little after 7:00 p.m. on January 5 a red car hit a pedestrian as he walked across Division in the right lane of the eastbound lanes of Division just west of 111th Avenue.

The impact collapsed the passenger side windshield of the vehicle and partially caved in the roof.

Officers and investigators search for evidence near the car said to have struck the victim.

“The guy looked really hurt,” said Van Dollenberg, who said he came upon the scene just after the accident occurred. “The driver was really shook up. She was shaking and really looked upset.”

It didn’t take lone for the Portland Police Bureau (PPB) Forensic Evidence Division and Traffic Division to arrive on scene to conduct an investigation; East Precinct officers shut down the street from SE 110th to SE 112th Avenue for several hours during the investigation.

All evidence is important, crash investigators say, to help create a complete report of how, and why, an incident occurs.

The accident victim, later identified as 50-year-old Daniel Roberts of Portland, was first reported to be in critical condition when rushed to a hospital. “He is in stable condition at an area hospital,” reported PPB Public Information Officer Lt. Robert King the following day.

“The car’s driver, 27-year-old Kayce Ernst of Portland remained at the scene and cooperated with investigators,” King said. “Impairment was not a factor in the crash. The investigation is continuing.”

On into the evening, officers continue to investigate this accident.

© 2012 David F. Ashton ~ East Portland News

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