Tuesday, July 4, 2017

UPDATE: Major Crash Team Responding to a Fatal Crash on Southeast 96th Avenue

UPDATE: MAJOR CRASH TEAM RESPONDING TO A FATAL CRASH ON SOUTHEAST 96TH AVENUE


News Release from Portland Police Bureau
Posted on FlashAlert: July 4th, 2017 9:35 AM
The driver killed on Monday evening has been identified as 57-year-old Daniel Lee Wescott of Southeast Portland. Wescott was killed after crashing and being ejected from his 2011 Studebaker kit truck.

Traffic investigators learned that Wescott was driving northbound on 96th Avenue from Division Street at a high rate of speed, swerving and spinning his tires. Just prior to the crash, Wescott made a sweeping turn towards the east curb line and struck a parked 1980 Volvo. Wescott was ejected and died while his passenger, 44-year-old Mary Ann Heuer, suffered a non-life-threatening ankle injury.

Investigators will work to determine if impairment was a factor in the crash.

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On Monday July 3, 2017, at 6:29 p.m., East Precinct officers responded to the 2000 block of Southeast 96th Avenue on the report of a traffic crash involving two drivers. One person was reported to be down in the roadway.

Officers and medical personnel arrived and learned that a driver crashed into an unoccupied parked car and was ejected from the vehicle. Medical efforts to save the driver were not successful and he died at the scene. A female passenger was not injured.

The Traffic Division's Major Crash Team is responding to conduct a crash investigation.

Southeast 96th Avenue will be closed in both directions for several hours until the crash investigation is complete.

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.

To learn more about the City of Portland's Vision Zero effort, please visit: http://www.portlandoregon.gov/transportation/40390

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