Pedestrian dies in SE Division Street collision

INCLUDES INVESTIGATION VIDEO | Details are still sketchy, but in this story you’ll see the investigation as it unfolds in this outer East Portland incident – which led to a dead pedestrian – at the edge of the Hazelwood neighborhood  …

Despite all of the “improvements” – including narrowed driving lanes, copious pedestrian walkways, bike paths, and huge medians – another pedestrian is struck and killed along SE Division Street.

Story and photos by David F. Ashton

Shortly after a deadly crash on Thursday evening, November 2, witnesses were talking with Portland Police Bureau (PPB) Traffic Division Major Crash Team and a dozen district officers near the intersection of SE Division Street and 135th Avenue.

In this area of outer East Portland, SE Division Street is the boundary line between the Hazelwood and Powellhurst-Gilbert neighborhoods.

As part of the investigation, officers speak with those who witnessed this deadly incident.

“We were coming out of the Dairy Queen [a block east along SE Division Street] when we heard screams —  really loud and awful, like someone had just died,” Morgan Burns told East Portland News as she watched the crash investigation progress down the street.

Crash discovered by patrolling sergeant
Officers were dispatched at 7:19 p.m., after an East Precinct Sergeant, on routine patrol, came across a collision that had just occurred between a pedestrian and a vehicle.

Watch, as this crash investigation is underway:

According to an unnamed PPB official, the Sergeant summoned emergency medical responders and additional officers. However the pedestrian was pronounced dead at the scene.

The involved driver remained at the intersection, and reportedly is cooperating with the investigation.

Late into the night, SE Division Street was closed between 133rd and 136th Avenues to allow the investigation to take place.

This officers carries a bag of the deceased’s personal effects.

Gathered in the center of closed-off SE Division Street, officers and investigators confer about their findings.

If you have information about this crash, please e-mail – to the attention of the Traffic Investigations Unit, and refer to case number 23-286693.

63 people were killed in Portland traffic crashes in 2022; and, this is the 57th traffic-related fatality this year –  falling short of the objectives of the Portland Bureau of Transportation’s Vision Zero program.

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