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News Release
UPDATE #2: Traffic #ALERT: Major Crash Team Activation - 05/15/19

The investigation continues into last night's fatal traffic crash. It is believed the car was driving north on Northeast 148 Avenue and was turning west on Northeast Fremont Street. The motorcycle, who was behind the vehicle, crashed into the car when it was turning. Speed nor alcohol appeared to be a factor.

The driver of the vehicle was released from the scene after the preliminary investigation was complete. Our Forensic Evidence Division responded to document this incident.

The Multnomah County District Attorney's Office was also consulted relating to this investigation.

The name of the deceased will be released once the family is notified.

Anyone who witnessed this crash is asked to call Traffic Investigator Christopher Johnson at 503-823-2213.

This is the 29th activation of the Major Crash Team and the 21st fatal traffic incident of 2019.

The Portland Police Traffic Division is committed to providing enforcement and raising awareness regarding traffic safety for vehicles, bicyclists and pedestrians. Each year, traffic officers respond to preventable collisions. These collisions can deeply impact those involved, their families and loved ones. Traffic officers' number one priority is to address behaviors of all road users that might lead to a collision, including speed, impairment, distraction and disobeying signals.

The Portland Police Bureau works closely with our partners in government and the community to create safer streets and work toward 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


The investigation is continuing into tonight's fatal traffic crash between a car and a motorcycle. The driver and the car have been located. The driver is cooperating with the investigation and officers determined it is not a hit and run type crash. The motorcyclist who was involved is deceased.

Streets are closed on Northeast 148th Avenue from Northeast Sandy Boulevard to Northeast Fremont Street for the next few hours.

Anyone who witnessed this crash is asked to call the non-emergency line at 503-823-3333.


The Major Crash Team (MCT) is responding to the area of Northeast 148 Avenue and Northeast Fremont Street to assist in a fatal hit-and-run traffic crash investigation. Traffic lanes are shutdown in the area. A vehicle that looks similar to a dark green Kia Soul is the suspect vehicle.

No additional information is available at this time. An updated news release will be pushed out as investigators learn more.

The PIO is not responding to the scene.


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