Tuesday, July 4, 2017

UPDATE: Pedestrian Critically Injured in Crash on Southeast 122nd Avenue (Photo)


News Release from Portland Police Bureau
Posted on FlashAlert: July 4th, 2017 9:09 AM
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The pedestrian critically injured in last night's crash died shortly after arriving at the hospital for treatment. He's been identified as a 23-year-old male.

The involved driver, 55-year-old Eric Sebastian Oman, was arrested and booked for Driving Under the Influence of Intoxicants (DUII).

Traffic investigators learned that the 23-year-old male was with friends and was exhibiting strange, paranoid behavior just prior to the crash - behavior consistent with either a mental health crisis or drug psychosis, both of which is not normal for the young man according to friends.

Friends attempted to restrain the 23-year-old man as he tried to run into traffic but he broke free and ran into the path of Oman's truck, where he was struck and eventually died as a result of his injuries.

The investigation is continuing and, once complete, will be forwarded to the Multnomah County District Attorney's Office for review.



On Monday July 3, 2017, at 10:24 p.m., East Precinct officers responded to Southeast 122nd Avenue and Woodward Place on the report that a pedestrian had been struck by a driver.

Officers and medical personnel arrived and located a male in his 20s suffering from traumatic injuries. He has been transported by ambulance to a Portland hospital for treatment to life-threatening injuries.

The involved driver remained at the scene and is cooperating with investigators.

The Traffic Division's Major Crash Team is responding to conduct an investigation into the crash. This is the third significant crash of the day - two earlier crashes were fatal on Southeast 96th Avenue and Northeast Airport Way.

Southeast 122nd Avenue is closed in both directions from Clinton to Tibbetts Streets.

No additional updates on this crash are expected this evening.

Traffic crashes and 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.

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

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