Two die in two outer East Portland vehicle smashups

Officials say one of the victims died 10 days after a wreck in Wilkes, the other passed away after a crash in the Centennial neighborhood …

Officers are called to investigate two outer East Portland vehicle crashes; each of them kill a person involved.

Story and photos by David F. Ashton

Two outer East Portland car collisions, one late at night and another at sunset, claimed the life of one victim each.

June 27
Man dies in crash near Glendoveer

Rolling in to investigate this crash, between the Wilkes and Hazelwood neighborhoods, is the PPB Major Crash Team.

On June 27, Portland Police Bureau (PPB) officers were dispatched at 12:37 a.m. to NE Halsey Street at 148th Avenue – off the northeast corner of Glendoveer – and found a two-vehicle smashup resulting in what a PPB official called “serious injuries”.

The PPB Major Crash Team took over the investigation. Later, investigators said one car was traveling eastbound on NE Halsey when it collided with another going south on 148th Avenue. Officers added that there was only one person in each one, and each driver was taken to a local hospital by ambulance.

The investigation indicated that alcohol might have been a factor in the collision.

Although both drivers made it to a hospital, one of them died as a result of his injuries, days later.

PPB officials revealed, after he died as a result of his injuries on July 6, that the driver of the southbound car was 46-year-old Jeremy R. Hudson of Portland.

This crash remains under investigation. Anyone with information about it is asked to contact Officer Chris Johnson or call 503-823-2213.

This was the 32nd fatal crash in Portland in 2021.

July 5
Passenger killed in Centennial crash

Just east of where the Powellhurst-Gilbert neighborhood ends and Centennial begins, three ambulances responded to a smashup that proved fatal.

As the last glimmers of day faded in outer East Portland on July 5, at 9:25 p.m. dispatchers sent PPB East Precinct officers to SE Powell Boulevard, near 143rd Avenue, on the of a two-vehicle collision.

Again, the PPB’s Major Crash Team responded and took over the investigation, which  revealed that one car was traveling east on SE Powell Boulevard when it crossed into oncoming traffic and collided with another car traveling west.

The drivers of both vehicles were taken by ambulance to hospitals with non-life- threatening injuries – but, “A passenger in the westbound car was also transported by ambulance, but did not survive,” a PPB official said.

That one was the 32nd traffic fatality in Portland in 2021.

Please, drive sober, and carefully!

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