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UPDATE: Driver Killed in East Columbia Neighborhood Crash Identified, Investigators Seek Additional Information - 11/20/20

The deceased driver is identified as Obduwier Romero-Moreno, 18, of Portland. His family has been notified of his death.

The investigation into what led up to the crash is still ongoing at this time. If anyone saw the vehicle, a blue 1994 Chevrolet Camaro 2-door, driving on Northeast Martin Luther King Jr. Boulevard sometime after 2:00a.m., please contact Officer Chris Johnson at 503-823-2213 or Chris.Johnson@portlandoregon.gov .


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On November 19, 2020, at approximately 2:14 a.m., North Precinct officers responded to the area of Northeast Martin Luther King Jr. Boulevard just south of North Vancouver Way on reports of a single vehicle crash. As officers arrived on scene they learned a vehicle had impacted a tree and the driver was reportedly pinned in. Medical personnel arrived on scene and quickly determined the driver's injuries were life threatening. The driver was transported to a nearby hospital by ambulance and immediately taken into surgery. Due to the remote location and late hour of the crash, there were no known witnesses and no known apparent possibilities for video evidence. The driver was the single occupant inside the vehicle.

Later this morning, the Portland Police Bureau's Major Crash Team (MCT) was notified the driver of the vehicle had succumbed to his injuries related to the crash. The Major Crash Team immediately assumed the investigation of the crash. According to the initial investigation it appeared the vehicle was traveling northbound on Northeast Martin Luther King Jr. Boulevard in the right two lanes of travel. The vehicle struck the curb in what appeared to be one single location, perhaps went airborne, and impacted a very large oak tree nearly 20 feet from the east curb. The impact with the tree prevented the vehicle from further falling down a 30 plus foot embankment, however, the impact with the tree was extremely severe and proved to be fatal.

The deceased driver has not been identified and described as a Hispanic male in his mid-twenties.

The investigation is still ongoing at this time. If anyone has information about this crash, please contact Officer Chris Johnson at 503-823-2213 or Chris.Johnson@portlandoregon.gov

This is the 48th fatality investigated by the Major Crash Team within the City of Portland for 2020.

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