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UPDATE: Pedestrian Injured during Thursday, October 11 Crash Dies at Area Hospital - 10/16/18

The pedestrian that was injured during a crash at Southeast 55th Avenue and East Burnside Street died at an area hospital Thursday evening. The deceased has been identified as 82-year-old Charles A. McCarthy of Portland.

This is the 28th traffic related fatality investigated by the Portland Police Bureau Traffic Division's Major Crash Team in 2018.

There have been no citations or arrests in connection with this investigation at this time. The Police Bureau will forward investigative reports to the Multnomah County District Attorney's Office for consideration.

Anyone with information about this traffic crash investigation should contact Portland Police Bureau Traffic Division's Major Crash Team Investigator Garrett Dow at 503-823-5070 or Garrett.Dow@portlandoregon.gov

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On Thursday, October 11, 2018, at 3:41 p.m., East Precinct officers responded to the intersection of East Burnside Street and Southeast 55th Avenue on the report that a pedestrian had been struck by a vehicle.

Officers and emergency medical responders arrived on scene and found an injured adult male lying on the roadway. The man was provided emergency medical aid and transported to an area hospital for treatment of what are believed to be serious-life-threatening injuries.

The Portland Police Bureau Traffic Division's Major Crash Team is responding to lead this investigation because of the severity of the injuries suffered by the man during the crash. Criminalists with the Forensic Evidence Division are also responding to assist with thi Major Crash Team investigation.

Based on preliminary information, investigators believe the pedestrian was walking north across East Burnside Street in a marked crosswalk when he was struck by a vehicle that was turning from southbound Southeast 55th Avenue to eastbound East Burnside Street.

The driver of the vehicle has remained at the scene and is cooperating with investigators. At this time in the investigation there have been no arrests or citations.

During this traffic crash investigation, East Burnside Street will be closed between Southeast 53rd Avenue and Southeast 56th Avenue. Traffic will likely be impacted for the next four to six hours in this area of East Burnside Street.

Anyone with information about this investigation should contact Portland Police Bureau Traffic Division at 503-823-2103.

The Portland Police Bureau is committed to working with our partners in government and the community to create safer streets and work towards reducing, and eventually eliminating, traffic fatalities as part of Vision Zero.

To learn more about the City of Portland's Vision Zero effort, please visit: http://www.portlandoregon.gov/transportation/40390

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