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Update: Crash in Southeast Portland Results in Pedestrian Fatality, Driver Arrested - 11/22/22

The driver in this crash has been identified as 48-year-old Gresham resident Eric Caleb Ruckle.

The victim's identity will be released once approved by the Multnomah County Medical Examiners' Office.

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The Portland Police Bureau Major Crash Team (MCT) is investigating a crash involving the driver of a vehicle and a pedestrian.

On Monday, November 21, 2022 at approximately 6:58 p.m., East Precinct officers responded to a report of a crash on Southeast Powell Street and Southeast 138th Avenue. When officers arrived they located a pedestrian, believed to be an adult male. Paramedics evaluated the pedestrian and determined he was deceased.

The driver of the involved vehicle, an adult male, remained at the scene.

Investigators from the Major Crash Team responded to the scene. During the investigation, it was determined that the driver was impaired. After an evaluation, the driver was taken to East Precinct for DUII processing.
The driver was later booked into the Multnomah County Detention Center for Driving Under the Influence of Intoxicants and Criminally Negligent Homicide.

If anyone has information about the incident, please contact crimetips@police.portlandoregon.gov attention Traffic Investigations Unit, and reference case number 22-310983, or call (503)823-2103.

More information will be released when appropriate. This is the 55th traffic fatality of the year.

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