April 1, 2011

The past few days have seen some tragic, and strange, motor vehicle accidents in the Portland area. Authorities have a possible explanation for one, have linked the second to drinking and speed and could make no guesses about the cause of the third. These accidents resulted in three deaths and injuries topassengers and one pedestrian.

On Friday morning, a Cadillac driven by a 94-year-old man ran a red light in Southeast Portland. The Cadillac collided with a car driven by a 26-year-old woman, then another car driven by a 52-year-old woman. The cars were traveling in opposite directions at the time of the accident.

The driver of the Cadillac was transported to the hospital and is currently listed in critical condition. Doctors and law enforcement are trying to determine if he experienced a major medical event while driving. The drivers and one passenger from the other cars were treated for non-life-threatening injuries.

In the second accident, early Sunday morning, a man and his dog were struck by a pick-up truck. The pedestrian suffered a broken leg, and his dog died instantly. The truck then careened into an apartment building.

According to witnesses, the truck was traveling at a high rate of speed when it hit a curb, rolled at least once and crashed into the building. The 31-year-old driver sustained injuries to his head and neck. The resident of the apartment was not hurt.

Investigators determined that speed and alcohol were major factors in the accident. The driver is facing multiple criminal charges, including second degree animal abuse for the death of the dog.

We’ll discuss the third accident in our next post.


OregonLive.com, “Portland police say Southeast car crash caused by driver running a red light,” Tom Hallman Jr., 04/22/11

OregonLive.com, “Dog killed, two people injured in early morning collision in Gresham,” Molly Hottle, 04/ 25/11


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