A pedestrian was struck and killed Monday night by a driver in Southeast Portland’s dangerous high crash corridor, police said.
Police found the person dead about 9 p.m. near Southeast 82nd Avenue and Center Street in the Foster-Powell neighborhood. They did not release the person’s name or details of their investigation. It’s not clear if the person died in a hit-and-run crash.
All three streets near the scene — 82nd Avenue, Powell Boulevard and Holgate Boulevard — are considered part of a “high crash corridor” identified by the Portland Bureau of Transportation for a pattern of serious pedestrian, car and bike crashes.
The city recently took on ownership of 82nd Avenue from the Oregon Department of Transportation and plans to develop safer infrastructure along the road, including better lighting and pedestrian crossings.
The crash was the second pedestrian fatality in 48 hours. On Sunday, a portion of Interstate 84 was shut down for three hours after a pedestrian was killed near Northeast 33rd Avenue. Police also have not identified the person killed.
2021 was a record-breaking year for traffic fatalities in Portland, when 63 people were killed on city streets, including 27 pedestrians.
Already this year, at least 14 pedestrians have been killed on Portland streets. In May, MAX trains struck two people — one fatally — in two separate incidents over 48 hours.
–Savannah Eadens; firstname.lastname@example.org; 503-221-6651; @savannaheadens
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