PORTLAND, Ore. (KOIN) — An arrest has been made after a hit-and-run in Southeast Portland left one person dead and another seriously injured late Thursday night, according to police.
Shortly after 11:30 p.m. two cars crashed at Southeast McLoughlin Boulevard and Southeast Holgate Boulevard. Portland police said the driver was rushed to the hospital with serious injuries, while the car’s passenger was pronounced dead at the scene.
He was later identified as Douglas J. Kereczman, 40, of Beaverton.
According to officials, no one was inside the other vehicle when they arrived. Witnesses reportedly saw multiple people running away from the area before police were called.
After searching the area, two people were detained nearby and a third person returned to the scene in a different car and contacted police.
The driver, identified as 22-year-old Ayzaiah Walker, was booked on charges including second-degree manslaughter, third-degree assault, DUII and reckless driving. The other two people were not arrested.
During the crash investigation, police say another driver went into the closure area and nearly hit an officer. That driver was arrested after it was determined they were impaired.
People who live and work around the area say it is a dangerous intersection and they want to see safety improvements made before someone else dies.
In September, police say there was another deadly hit-and-run at this intersection. They ultimately found the man and arrested him. Neighbors say there are constantly crashes here.
“I live right behind where the accident happened. We heard ‘boom.’ We’ve lived here 40 years, and know exactly what happens when we hear that,” Peter Dumdeang, who lives near the intersection, said.
Dumdeang says this is far from the first time this has happened here.
“When you’re taking the exit off of Mcloughin, it’s confusing because you have two lights on the same pole. They need to fix that. This is a horrible place for accidents,” Dumdeang said.
KOIN 6 asked ODOT and PBOT whose responsibility this intersection is and if safety improvements are being made.
ODOT said 99E is theirs and Holgate is the city’s. ODOT said it’s not sure who controls the signals and if people have concerns about the safety of the intersection they should reach out to ODOT.