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UPDATE: Driver Arrested, Indicted Following Fatal Crash in December 2023 - 03/28/24

An adult male was arrested and indicted for his role in a fatal crash in the Powellhurst-Gilbert Neighborhood.

On Monday, December 25, 2023, at approximately 5:00 p.m., East Precinct officers responded to a multi-vehicle crash near Southeast 122nd Avenue and Southeast Powell Boulevard. Officers found one person who was critically injured. The individual was transported to a local hospital where he died from injuries sustained in the crash. The initial investigation suggested the deceased, identified as 24-year-old Conner Wells, was the driver of one of the vehicles. Further investigation revealed Wells was not the driver, but instead the passenger in a vehicle driven by 26-year-old Martell Mason.

On Friday, January 26, 2024, a Multnomah County Grand Jury returned a 10-count indictment against Mason.

On Wednesday, March 27, 2024, members of the U.S. Marshals Fugitive Task Force arrested Mason on a warrant stemming from the indictment. Mason was lodged at the Multnomah County Detention Center on the following charges: Manslaughter in the First Degree, Manslaughter in the Second Degree, Failure to Perform the Duties of a Driver, Reckless Driving, Assault in the Fourth Degree (two counts), and Recklessly Endangering Another Person (four counts).

Anyone with information about this crash, who has not yet spoken to police, is asked to contact the Traffic Investigations Unit via email at crimetips@police.portlandoregon.gov and reference case number 23-331614.

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***Original Message Below***

On 12/25/23 at approximately 5:02 p.m. officers from the East Precinct responded to a report of a vehicle crash on Southeast 122nd Avenue just south of Southeast Powell Boulevard. One of the involved drivers suffered critical injuries and was transported to an area hospital by ambulance where they later died of their injuries. The Major Crash Team was activated to begin an investigation.

Southeast 122nd Avenue will be blocked at Southeast Powell Boulevard for several hours as investigators process the scene and collect evidence.

More information will be released when appropriate.

This is the third fatal crash in the City of Portland on Christmas Day.

Anyone with information on this incident who has not yet spoken to police is asked to call the Traffic Investigations Unit via email at crimetips@police.portlandoregon.gov and reference case number 23-331614.

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