Thursday, July 6, 2017

UPDATE: Fatal Crash Investigation Underway on Airport Way


News Release from Portland Police Bureau
Posted on FlashAlert: July 6th, 2017 3:26 PM
The woman killed on Monday evening has been identified as 41-year-old Lisa Whitecloud of Northeast Portland.

This case remains under investigation.



The woman killed in Monday evening's crash on Airport Way has been identified as a 41-year-old woman. Her name will be released after confirmation that her family has been notified.

The driver, 45-year-old Lonny Burton, was transported to a Portland hospital for treatment to non-life-threatening injuries.

Traffic investigators learned that Burton was driving westbound on Airport Way and failed to follow the curvature of the roadway, striking a tree in a center island of the roadway.

Burton did not display any signs of impairment or distracted driving.

The crash remain under investigation and, once complete, will be presented to the Multnomah County District Attorney's Office for review.



On Monday July 3, 2017, at 7:55 p.m., North Precinct officers responded to the report of a traffic crash involving a driver striking a tree in the 13000 block of Northeast Airport Way.

Officers and medical personnel arrived to find the crash scene and one person deceased outside the vehicle. Officers learned that the deceased was a passenger in the vehicle and was pulled out by passersby due to the vehicle being on fire. A Good Samaritan extinguished the fire and others attempted CPR on the passenger but were unsuccessful.

The driver was transported by ambulance to a Portland hospital by ambulance with injuries that do not appear to be life threatening.

This is a single vehicle crash into a tree in the median.

Northeast Airport Way is closed in both directions between 122nd and 138th Avenues and will remain so until the crash investigation is complete.

The Traffic Division's Major Crash Team is responding to conduct an investigation. This is the second fatal crash of the evening in East Portland.

Updates will be provided when they become available.

Traffic fatalities are preventable. 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.

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