Woman dies in Foster Road motorcycle crash

See where this fatal outer East Portland crash took place, along SE Foster Road, on Sunday afternoon …

Heat shimmers off SE Foster Road, looking east from 111th Avenue – where investigators begin looking into a fatal crash involving a female motorcycle rider and a car.

Story and photos by David F. Ashton

When a motorcycle and car collided on SE Foster Road, midday on August 14, Portland Police Bureau (PPB) officers swiftly arrived at 12:35 p.m. that afternoon.

Officers shut down the road from SE 122nd Avenue west to 111th and 112th Avenues. After a preliminary evaluation of the accident scene, they reopened westbound Foster Road; but throughout the afternoon and into the evening the eastbound lanes were closed to all traffic.

The PPB Major Crash Team comes to investigate this crash.

Just west of the Franz Bakery Outlet store’s driveway, at 11540 SE Foster Road, evidence markers were scattered across the traffic lanes, and the pavement was marked with orange paint by investigators from the PPB’s Major Crash Team.

Yellow evidence markers and orange paint mark reference points that help officers reconstruct the accident.

During the afternoon, officers used the Major Crash Team’s FARO Accident Reconstruction Unit to document the scene for further evaluation.

“The motorcycle’s driver was unconscious and was taken to a local hospital, where she later died,” PPB Public Information Officer Lt. Nathan Sheppard told East Portland News. “The name of the motorcycle operator will be released after her family is notified.”

An officer prepares to scan the scene using the PPB Major Crash Team’s FARO Accident Reconstruction Unit.
“The driver of the car stayed at the scene and cooperated with investigators, and showed no sign of impairment,” Lt. Sheppard added.

This PPB Forensics Division crime scene investigator photographically documents a section of the crash scene.

This crash remains under investigation. If you have facts about it to share with PPB Major Crash Team, email them to crimetips@portlandoregon.gov – and be sure to make reference to Case No. 22-218624.

This is the 40th traffic fatality of 2022. So much for meeting the goals of Vision Zero this year.

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