Woman dies in crash caused by suspect in string of holdups

Officials say the booze and ‘extreme speeding’ likely played a role in this fatal outer East Portland crash …

In the Hazelwood neighborhood, NE Glisan Street is closed west of 148th Avenue while officers investigate a fatal crash, said to be caused by a driver trying to elude police.

By David F. Ashton

On June 25, Portland Police Bureau (PPB) officers from the East Precinct were dispatched to a vehicle crash near the intersection of Glisan Street and NE 147th Avenue involving five vehicles. An innocent victim, 40-year-old Jennifer Leigh Parise, died in the crash.

The incident began at 6:11 p.m. about two miles east of the crash site, when a Gresham Police officer, in the area of NE 181st Avenue and NE Pacific Street, saw a silver 2004 Buick Regal that matched the description of a vehicle involved in a string of armed robberies.

The officer attempted to get behind the suspect car at 181st Avenue and Glisan, but the car took off westbound at a high rate of speed.

After a deadly crash, which happened while the driver was fleeing police, the suspect’s car comes to rest beside Glendoveer Golf Course. Courtesy KGW TV

The Buick kept picking up speed as it traveled west on NE Glisan Street, through the light at 148th Avenue. Then, it smashed into the back of a 2012 Toyota Yaris and a parked and unoccupied White Ford Fusion.

The Toyota was occupied by two people; a woman in that car was dead at the scene, and the other occupant was taken to a local hospital with serious injuries.

This is the 2012 Toyota Yaris in which a person died, after being smashed into from behind. Courtesy KPTV Fox News 12

The suspect’s Buick caromed into the eastbound lane and hit two additional occupied vehicles — a black 2019 Subaru WRX, and a gray 2013 Cadillac XTS – sending another two crash victims to the hospital.

The suspect was then taken into custody and transported to the Gresham Police Department. He may also be facing charges in the string of holdups he’s suspected of.

In court, 61-year-old Nathaniel Nathan Franklin, Jr., learns he’s facing a Felony charge of Manslaughter in the First Degree, among other charges.

On June 26 at 2:35 a.m., the suspect – 61-year-old Nathaniel Nathan Franklin, Jr., of Portland – was booked into the Multnomah County Detention Center (MCDC) on charges of Manslaughter in the First Degree, Assault in the Second Degree, Driving Under the Influence of Intoxicants, and Driving While Suspended (misdemeanor).

At his arraignment, Franklin learned he’d also face four counts of Reckless Endangerment; however, the judge “released” the Driving While Suspended charge. Currently, nonetheless, Franklin is being held without bond in Inverness Jail.

Investigators believe that alcohol impairment and extreme speeding played a role in this fatal crash.

If you have information about the incident, and have not already talked to police, please contact crimetips@police.portlandoregon.gov., to the attention of the Traffic Investigations Unit, and refer to Case No. 23-166974.

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