Pedestrian seriously injured in crash on 82nd Avenue

INCLUDES INVESTIGATION VIDEO | Although this pedestrian vs. car collision on Saturday night didn’t result in another outer East Portland highway fatality, learn why police conducted a detailed investigation of the incident in the Lents neighborhood …

After a pedestrian and car collide, the Portland Police Traffic Investigation Unit conducts an investigation on the border between the Brentwood-Darlington and Lents neighborhoods.

Story and photos by David F. Ashton

When a car struck a pedestrian along SE 82nd Avenue of Roses, just north of Crystal Springs Boulevard, on Saturday evening, September 16, Portland Police Bureau (PPB) East Precinct officers were dispatched to the crash at 9:17 p.m.

At the scene, first-arriving officers found a person on the pavement near the center of the thoroughfare – and a Ford Fusion sedan stopped nearby.

An officer and investigator look for dents on this Ford Fusion that might have been caused by its having struck a pedestrian, and find little damage on the passenger’s side.

Although little front-end damage is visible, its windshield was smashed, consistent with an impact by a pedestrian.

As emergency medical first responders were summoned to the crash site, officers closed off 82nd Avenue of Roses from SE Lambert to Harney, as the PPB Traffic Officers and Investigators from the Portland Police Traffic Investigation Unit (TIU) together collected evidence and processed the scene.

Watch, as the careful investigation takes place:

PPB TIU called to non-fatal crash scene
It seemed odd that the PPB’s TIU was called out to investigate the crash – typically they’re dispatched only to wrecks in which one or more persons dies.

“Yes that’s true; but due to the significant life-threatening injuries sustained by the pedestrian, we performed a full MCT callout – the same response we would have had to a fatal crash,” responded PPB Public Information Officer Sergeant Kevin Allen.

“The pedestrian struck in this incident sustained life-threatening injuries, but remains in critical condition at an area hospital,” Sergeant Allen made clear.

TIU investigators set up their FARO Crash Scene Reconstruction instrument.

A PPB Forensics Division photographer documents evidence after this crash.

“The investigation revealed that the Ford Fusion was travelling south on SE 82nd Avenue,” Sergeant Allen explained.

“The pedestrian was crossing the roadway near an unmarked crosswalk, when the collision happened. The driver of an involved vehicle stayed on-scene. The investigation remains open, and no arrests or citations have been announced by the Traffic Investigations Unit,” he went on.

S. E. 82nd Avenue of Roses remains closed through the night while the investigation continues.

If you have information about this incident, and haven’t yet spoken to police, email it to, Attn: TIU and Case No. 23-244555.

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